Twice today I discussed this verse with friends. And I decided to share it in the blog.
We each must endure - and God is gracious enough to let us glipmse the finish line so we have the courage to ENDURE the race!
Now just read this slowly... My comments are in (bold).
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, (all of heaven is watching) let us throw off everything that hinders (the opinions of man and our own critical self-talk) and the sin that so easily entangles (sin keeps us from running because it wraps itself around our feet), and let us run with perseverance (consistant moving forward - not giving up) the race marked out for us (YOU have a race marked out for you... each of us - our own race!) . Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, (hold your stare - locking eyes with HIM alone) the author (HE wrote your story from the beginning) and perfecter (HE is in charge of helping you become fully equipped to live out your story) of our faith (YOUR faith), who for the joy set before him (Jesus looked at the finish line first) endured the cross (Jesus was willing to suffer and lay down his life in order to get to that Joy - which was redeeming mankind) , scorning its shame (putting up with the mocking and the dishonor associated with dying on a cross) , and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (He FINISHED HIS STORY) . Consider him who endured such opposition (pushing, shoving, attempts to stop Him) from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
So, you aren't dying to save the world, but you ARE living to make a difference in it for God. If GOD has opened a door for you - then fear of man and your own personal fears are the things standing between YOU and living out your story. You won't be perfect - only Christ is - BUT you can most truly keep your eye on the PRIZE while all of heaven cheers you on! These are the decisions that lay a foundation for your own journey.
Eyes on Jesus - then RUN.