This verse keeps coming back to me. We're given this list of amazing people of faith in chapter 11, and now the author says to us... Look! Look at all of these people who have gone before you. See what they've endured and how they've kept the faith. And since we are surrounded by these great followers of God Almighty,we must GET RID of EVERYTHING that hinders our faith. Throw it off! Every thing the world dangles in our faces... every pretend happiness and false love... every person, habit, desire, activity, song, show, movie, book, website that doesn't bring us closer to God- throw it off! With passion, throw it off! These things weigh us down and we are unable to run. And the only way we can endure and make it to the end is to run with Christ. He's created the race and our path. And then notice what he says here. Look to Jesus. Not to any person and not to ourselves. Not to our spouses, our boyfriends or girlfriends, not to our friends, not even to our parents. To Jesus Christ... Why? Because he created our faith and he will perfect it.
Run in the path of His commands, because he HAS set your heart free! [ps119.32]