Hebrews 12:1-3 NASB
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Those verses have been close to my heart for a long time. They explain some of the things that are the toughest parts of being a Christian.
So many things in life would be easier if our focus was only on God. The things that trip us up and keep us from following God can be dealt with by making better choices. By dealing with sin we can pursue God with more strength and passion.
The problems that keep us from pursuing God don’t have to stay with us. By applying what God says those problems will change. We have people pulling for us. By fixing our eyes on Jesus we will have an accurate view of our God.
Sin trips us up. Wrong choices keep us from following God. Jesus paid the price for our wrong, and that fact will help us stay strong.
I found the following quote that makes a lot of sense to me:
Praise is the antidote to Panic. Worship is the remedy to worry. --- Rick Warren
May our lives be found focusing on Jesus and dealing well with our struggles.