"Keep the SON in your eyes"
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"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."
~~ Hebrews 12:2 ~~

Few people know the joys and sorrows of the runner. Early he wakes, following the practiced rituals that put him to his paces. Starting off, almost immediately, the body rebels against its induced rigors, and the mind contemplates returning to something less challenging. Still, on he runs, bending body and mind to the route.

Ahead his mind races to the hill before and the decline after, rehearsing the drive and the reprieve of his limbs. Nearing the end of his run and depletion of strength, he sets a goal before his gaze--to the tree, just past the gate, or whatever object poses for his finish line.

He must not look to himself--the pounding of his chest, the growing weariness in his legs, nor the mental fatigue of his struggle, but to the goal. He fixes his eyes upon the anticipated reward of his efforts, 'til, with final stretch, he passes that elusive line. His run is over, for now, but there is tomorrow.

So we too, must look past the struggle of this life and the weakness of our flesh, to fix our gaze upon our crowned King, Jesus. He bore the trials. He bore hostility. He bore sorrow and pain. He bore the shame of the cross--our cross, and His. Enduring the cross's cruel pleasure and shameful injustice, with riveted gazed upon the prize--you and I. Our redemption.

So Christian, lift your gaze, lengthen your stride, for our Champion has gone on before us, and we are nearing the gate. Keep the SON in your eyes!

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