ONE STEP BEYOND

"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, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy that was set before him he 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 sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." (Hebrews 12: 1-3 NIVUK)  At both Primary and High schools, I became Sports Champion. The children where I serve as school chaplain call me "Mr HUGE!" for good reason! My long legs made me a natural for the hurdles, and it was rare for me to lose that event at any level. There is, of course, a knack to successful hurdling. Instead of focusing on the obstacle itself, you must look a few feet beyond the hurdle to where you wish to securely plant your leading foot, ready to push off swiftly and towards the end of the race. The same is true for any runner approaching the line. It is not the tape, but a spot some distance beyond, which is your goal. In this way, you don’t slow down, but accelerate through the finish.  Spiritually, that sporting image contains an important lesson. Don’t tell God about how BIG your problems are; tell your problems how BIG is your God! Remember, we worship the LORD, Who transformed a tool of torture into a symbol of salvation – "…for the joy that was set before Him, He (Jesus) endured the cross…"