Hebrews Chapter 12 Verses 1 And 2 Analysis

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The apostle Paul, in Hebrews chapter 12 verses 1 and 2, uses Jesus as the example of how we should live our lives. He admonishes the reader to run with perseverance the race set before them. Looking deeper into the thoughts of this particular phrase one can surmise that not every race is identical. Each runner with have a different course and be expected to run it at a different pace. Further, some runners will be long distance runners, some will be sprinters, and some will be a combination of the two. Being able to gauge which course has been set before us, together with being able to determine what kind of runner one has been equipped to be, allows us to adhere suitably to the apostle Paul’s instruction. At present, I have concluded that …show more content…
From this thought, one must acknowledge that in the race we are given to run there will be distractions that could hinder our progress and ultimate success. Identifying a potentially problematic aspect of one’s life is helpful. In my life, I have been able to determine my weight as depression. Depression is a very powerful mental state that leaves one feeling the weight of the world. The isolation that I inflicted on myself plus being separated from my family has caused my vision to be cloudy. The pressures of life actualize through my depression as fear. I often become so overwhelmed with the fear of failure or fear of success or fear of neutrality. The fear described here is paralyzing and inhibits me from being the productive member of God’s kingdom that I was called to …show more content…
This thought is in line with the material we covered throughout the quarter especially in the book Engaging with God. What Paul is mentioning is this statement is the breath of David Peterson’s books in how we God seeks us and we seek Him. In hoping to maintain not only faith but be an available vessel to be used by God my rules of life are simple. I choose to wake up early just as David did to seek God’s face. Early morning prayer is not only refreshing but intimate. Before the day can be consumed with worry and stress, I seek God and listen to what He has to say to me for the day. Consecutively, I choose to read scripture at night just before bed. As I lay down for the night, I want the very last thing on my mind to the word of God. Just as we learned when focusing on Ancient Future Worship, understanding the word of God is a vital component of the future. In seeking to perfect my gifts, I have sought out weekly voice lessons to help with my diction and clarity while preaching and additionally with my confidence and control while singing. Further, I seek out books that revolve around the topic of leadership aiming to read one every month. In the future, I hope to be fortunate enough to attend leadership conferences around the country. Finally, as a touch of self-care, I look forward to my monthly spa day. While this is not an explicit spiritual

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