“Let Us Run with Patience the Race That Is Set before Us”

Hebrews 12:1

1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us . . .

Elder Neal A. Maxwell said:

“Paul wrote of how, even after faithful disciples had ‘done the will of God,’ they ‘[had] need of patience’ (Heb. 10:36). How many times have good individuals done the right thing initially only to break under subsequent stress? Sustaining correct conduct for a difficult moment under extraordinary stress is very commendable, but so is coping with sustained stress subtly present in seeming routineness. Either way, however, we are to ‘run with patience the race that is set before us’ (Heb. 12:1), and it is a marathon, not a dash.”

(“Endure It Well,” Ensign, May 1990, 34.)