In 1952 Florence Chadwick attempted to swim
26 miles from the coast of California to
Catalina Island. After 15 hours, a heavy fog
began to block her view, she became disoriented,
and she gave up. To her chagrin(frustration),
Chadwick learned that she had quit just
1 mile short of her destination.
Two months later Chadwick tried a second time
to swim to Catalina Island from the coast. Again
a thick fog settled in, but this time she reached
her destination, becoming the first woman
to swim the Catalina Channel. Chadwick said
she kept an image of the shoreline in her
mind even when she couldn’t see it.
When the problems of life cloud our vision, we
have an opportunity to learn to see our goal with
the eyes of faith. The New Testament letter to the
Hebrews urges us to “run with perseverance the
race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus,
the pioneer and perfecter of faith” Hebrews12:1-2 (NIV).
When we feel like quitting, this is our signal
to remember not only what Jesus suffered for us
but what He now helps us to endure—until the
day we see Him face to face.
Written By Dennis Fisher
Our Daily Bread Ministries
"Dear Father, sometimes the challenges of life seem
insurmountable. Help me to fix my eyes on You and
trust You. I’m thankful You are bringing about Your
good purposes in me."
"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded
by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay
aside every weight, and the sin which so easily
ensnares us, and let us run with endurance
the race that is set before us, looking unto
Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who
for the joy that was set before Him endured the
cross, despising the shame, and has sat down
at the right hand of the throne of God."
"We can finish strong when we focus on Christ."