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On Guard :: Eyes

In Hebrews 12:1, the writer urges us to lay aside every weight and sin that clings so closely. Just as in Tyler's cycling story, it's easy to get distracted and fixate on our problems or potential pitfalls. But the key to running the race with endurance is to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author, and perfecter of our faith.

Jesus serves as our ultimate example. He did nothing apart from what he saw the Father doing. He constantly sought God's guidance and looked for opportunities to connect with people who needed his compassion and healing. His life was a beautiful blend of divine direction and genuine human connection.

As we strive to emulate Jesus, we must start our days by seeking God's presence. By spending time in prayer, reading scripture, and listening to the Holy Spirit, we can align our hearts with God's will. This morning ritual can set the tone for our entire day, helping us maintain our focus on God rather than our problems.

Additionally, we should follow Jesus' example of connecting with others in our faith community. Surrounding ourselves with fellow believers who share our commitment to guarding our hearts and living according to God's purpose can provide invaluable support and encouragement.

Finally, like Jesus, we should have compassion for those in need. By actively seeking opportunities to serve and uplift others, we can be a light in a world that often feels dark and divided. Our actions should reflect God's love and grace, drawing others closer to Him.

In conclusion, as we embark on this new series, "On Guard," let us remember the powerful lessons from Hebrews 12:1. We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, individuals who have gone before us, and those who stand beside us today. By keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, connecting with our faith community, and showing compassion to others, we can run the race of faith with endurance and purpose.

Together, we will learn how to guard our hearts, ears, eyes, and mouths, allowing God to shape us into vessels of His love, truth, and transformation. So let's dive into this series with enthusiasm and dedication, trusting that God will lead us on a journey of growth and empowerment.

Next week we will continue to look at how we live a life that reflects God's heart and purpose. We are excited to embark on this journey with you, dear readers, as we explore what it means to be "On Guard."

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