From the Kitchen Table
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. Hebrews 12:1-3
You’ve got a great big destiny ahead of you, don’t the anyone or anything delay God’s plans for you. This thing about attitudes and appetites is something we must pay attention to. They may not keep us from getting to heaven but they may keep heaven from getting to us. Our flesh and our foe will use the littlest things to keep us from the biggest treasures. It’s attitudes and appetites that keep people out of the game, off the field, in the dugout. That’s why we need to keep our eyes on Jesus, looking and listening to Him, the author of this life we live. He knows how to win at life and His ways work. It’s really a decision about success and shame and that will involve our attitudes and appetites. Jesus never seemed to have a bad attitude or bad appetites. Yeah, there was that day when He cleared the temple, took some drastic action to correct depraved system that treated people, especially the poor, badly. Let’s keep our eyes on Jesus, He had an attitude of holiness and an appetite for heaven and it kept Him slender and strong for running the race, winning the prize. If we keep our eyes on Jesus we will keep our feet in the race. Anybody can quit, and many, because of their bad attitudes and appetites do, but you have to chose to live.