Where is Your Focus?
Well as most of you know I am an Indiana boy through and through. I have a love, like many of you blue bleeders, for college basketball and just basketball in general! I always love this time of year as we approach the “Big Dance”, even though my beloved Hoosiers may not be “dancing” this year, it is still such an exciting time to watch basketball and see the young men from colleges all over the nation competing for a National Championship. And though it pains me to say it, I wish the Big Blue Nation good luck.
Another thing I have a deep love for is auto racing, especially NASCAR! Any other fans out there? If you are a NASCAR fan, you know that February means the Daytona 500! The beginning of what is, probably to most people, an entirely too lengthy racing season, haha. I can’t wait!
With both of these sports, teams and drivers face adversity. They go through slumps. They lose some. They win some. The season is like a marathon.
Our spiritual lives have many parallels to a race or a season of sports. There is a race that has been set before us. The race of life. We have been called to persevere with faith to the very end of the race. It is hard. The key to finishing strong is very simple, yet we often lose our focus. The key is to focus on Jesus!
Hebrews 12:1-3 says,
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
Fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith!