Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.(Hebrews 12:1 NLT)
Hebrews chapter 11 is often called the chapter of faith. It lists people who, despite their handicaps and hindrances, ran the race to the finish line with joy. Each had major obstacles in their lives that they had to overcome. Yet, they ran their race with joy, knowing that at the end of the race, they would receive something far greater – salvation. We, too, can be like them and run our race with joy, knowing what we have waiting for us at the end of the race – seeing Jesus face-to-face.