“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, 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 is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  (Hebrews 12:1-2 KJV)

We are so thankful for all the ones that God has placed in our lives as examples and encouragement (that great cloud of witnesses) We are told to run our race and that we need to set aside those thing that will get in the way of our race. As we run this race that is set before us, we must keep our eyes on Jesus. He is the author, the architect, the designer, the builder of our Salvation. He is also identified as the finisher, He shed His Blood.