“No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. 12 So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. 13 Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.” (Hebrews 12:11-13, NLT)
“At the time, discipline isn’t much fun. It always feels like it’s going against the grain. Later, of course, it pays off handsomely, for it’s the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God. 12 So don’t sit around on your hands! No more dragging your feet! 13 Clear the path for long-distance runners so no one will trip and fall, so no one will step in a hole and sprain an ankle. Help each other out. And run for it!” (Hebrews 12:11-13, The Message)
The struggles of life have a way of producing maturity in our lives. This passage talks about discipline and how discipline isn’t enjoyable. I don’t want you to get a picture of a God how cracks the whip of discipline against us in order to punish us. Rather, understand that struggles we go through in life requires us to discipline certain areas of our lives. When we have discipline areas of our lives that isn’t always fun or easy. Sometimes it can even be painful but this process produces a well-trained individual who matures in their relationship with God.
Verse 12 is vital as you go through the discipline process, “So don’t sit around on your hands! No more dragging your feet! Clear the path for long-distance runners so no one will trip and fall, so no one will step in a hole and sprain an ankle. Help each other out. And run for it!” There’s that “help each other out” line again. You can’t do this alone, you can’t become successful alone, and you can’t mature and grow alone.
Sometimes this discipline process is painful but it’s necessary. The struggles your face in life will produce maturity and it’s with that maturity that you will grow and strengthen and be prepared to be a long-distance runner.