My Loose Paraphrase of Hebrews 12:1-3
Remember all of the people in the “Hall of Faith” chapter, Hebrews 11? They’re watching us run our race. So let’s shed the things that aren’t helping us run well—namely the sin that so quickly weighs us down. And let’s run with endurance the race God gave us. If we need motivation, we can turn our eyes upon Jesus—just like He turned His eyes on His future reward when He faced the cross. He was patient even through the hostility of people He died to save, and meditating on that can give you strength not to falter in your own trials.