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 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
So many of my Christian family and friends have finished their race and rest with you at the end of the track. Their lives still inspire me. I'm humbled that you let me live with them and learn under their tutelage. In their lifetimes they found their rest in you and they served you mightily as they loved and led others. Some taught me with words, others with actions, still others with both. Some left a deep hole in my life as they stepped off the end of the track. It helps me keep running my own faith race when I know that they wait for me to join them. I'm even more encouraged to know you will be there at the end of my track to greet me with your grace filled smile. By your Holy Spirit help me to run today's leg of the race. Help me run it with the vigor that believing brings. I want to run my race today in a way that will bless others who still run beside me.
Pastor Don Patterson
God gives us only one day at a time. So live the best day you can today. Yesterday can't affect you if you don't let it. Tomorrow isn't even yours yet. Today is the gift you share with God.