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My Bible verse for the week: Hebrews 12:1-2--Running the race with endurance

Satan is good at causing “roadside distractions” that tempt us to look at him rather than at Jesus. If he can get our attention, he may be able to get us off track and delay our spiritual progress. He even tried this with Jesus Himself!

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It's Sunday morning before church, before my shower and before my bowl of oatmeal with strawberries on top.

I'm trying to prepare my heart for today and for the rest of the week.

I know there will be distractions this week. What can distract me? The after-effects of having an impacted bowel on early Friday morning that sent me to the ER. There's the toxic political atmosphere that saturates our city, state and country.

It would be nice to ignore the politics, but it affects so much of everyday life.

Then there's the uncertainty of what sent me to the hospital coming back. It's driven me to eating prunes, drinking prune juice and drinking large volumes of water.

There's also the uncertainty of finding your place and purpose as somebody who's at the top end of the baby-boomer scale.

That's where Hebrews 12:1-2 comes in. My focus has to be on Jesus Christ and not on all the stuff that can distract me.

The challenge comes in maintaining that focus on the real difference-maker.

Anybody feeling the same need?

Here's the verses from Hebrews 12:1-2:  1-3Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls! (Hebrews 12:1-2, The Message)