“The Christian life is a race. Running it requires focus and faith. There is a starting place for all runners: putting their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. And there is a specific destination: eternity with Jesus Christ. There is a start and there is an end, but what happens between the two?
The author of Hebrews calls us to run the race with endurance. But each of us must run a specific course—”the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12:1). The terrain affects the momentum with which we run and the effort we exert. The more challenging the obstacles in our way, the more endurance we need.”