Committed, surrendered endurance is the marker of whether or not we are serious about our faith. Not perfect endurance, but an endurance in which we do not give up moving toward God as we grow into the image of Jesus, even if it’s painfully slow.
So, let us drop every extra weight like all wise runners do when they get ready to run. The Olympians in Greece ran practically naked in an attempt to get rid of anything that would slow them down. Today, Olympic athletes wear the lightest shoes; swimmers wear the slickest body suits; bikers get the most aerodynamic helmets and bikes. They cut down to the smallest percentage of body fat. Every little thing matters.