Read: Hebrews 12:1-11
In 1952, Florence Chadwick tried to swim 42 kilometres from the California coast to Catalina Island. After 15 hours, having been caught up in a thick fog, she gave up. To her disappointment, she later came to know that she had only 1.5 kilometres remaining to her destination.
She tried to swim again two months later. Again, a thick fog disrupted her swim. But she kept on swimming, and became the first woman to swim the Catalina Channel. She later said that when she encountered the fog, she kept the image of the shoreline even when she could not see it.
When problems in our life cloud our vision, we should see our goal with the eyes of faith. The writer of Hebrews says, “… let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…” (Heb. 12:1-2). When we feel like quitting, it is good to remember not only what Jesus suffered for us but how He now helps us to endure the hardships. Scripture exhorts us to not give up, keep our eyes on the finish line, and finish the race (1 Cor. 9:24-27; Phil. 3:13-14; 2 Tim. 4:7; Heb. 12:1-2).