Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. (Hebrews 12:1)I have started running and it's HARD. Each day I push myself to go a little farther AGAINST MY WILL. I like the feeling I have AFTER I run, not before, not during. It's the same way with life. We are running the race that God has set before us and it's HARD. We have to do things AGAINST OUR WILL. But even on my run today there were moments of respite and refreshing--the shade from a tree, a cool breeze, and running downhill instead of up. It's the same way with life. There are times of respite and relief in the midst of our storms.
He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm... Ps. 107:29If you are running uphill, keep going. It's hard. It hurts. Wait for those times of refreshing to encourage you. The end will be worth it. DON'T QUIT!