Week 4 MMM Monday! (original post)
Defined as: steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
Mantra: I will persevere and keep my eyes fixed on Jesus.
“Let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us* and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith” (Heb 12:1-2).
Movement: I will stay positive as I persevere towards my goal, despite any setbacks, remember to breathe and take breaks, and know that I am exactly where God wants me to be and He will lead and guide me. (Reach your goals)
God our Father.* (Heb 12: 1-13)
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us* and persevere in running the race that lies before us
while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before him he endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God.a
Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners, in order that you may not grow weary and lose heart.
In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.
You have also forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as sons:
“My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lordb
or lose heart when reproved by him;
for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines;
he scourges every son he acknowledges.”
Endure your trials as “discipline”; God treats you as sons. For what “son” is there whom his father does not discipline?c
If you are without discipline, in which all have shared, you are not sons but bastards.
Besides this, we have had our earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them. Should we not [then] submit all the more to the Father of spirits and live?d
They disciplined us for a short time as seemed right to them, but he does so for our benefit, in order that we may share his holiness.
At the time, all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it.e
So strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees.f
Make straight paths for your feet, that what is lame may not be dislocated but healed.