Isn't it true that life sometimes feels like a marathon? Sometimes we get weary, we get tired and every step demands so much more energy than what we have. Sometimes it's just so tempting to give up, give in or let go.
Jesus was the pioneer runner. He endured the cross because He had His one goal in mind that was to be one with us. In Hebrews, Paul reminds us: You are not running this alone, you are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses - people who have ran and completed their races in the face of doubt, fear, despair, hopelessness, but they have arrived at the goal!
Remember that our goal is not perishable or temporal, but it is the sweet satisfaction of doing our best, finishing our race, living to all that we were created to be and then the eternal joy of being one with God and receiving an eternal kingdom and glory!
2 Corinthians 4:16, 17
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
Hebrews 12:1, 2
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.