“Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.” (Hebrews 12:3 NLT)

Last Sunday, I taught on how the word “think” is an interesting word in the original Greek. Basically, it has a sense of repetition…doing something again and again.

Clearly, this kind of thinking is designed to create a habit. Almost like meditating.

The opposite of thinking is to “sail by,” or not pay attention.

Thinking takes energy. But if we will invest the energy, then we will be better prepared to endure whenever life gets hard.

Here are five tangible ways to keep your eyes on, and “think” about Jesus:

T—hink on the cross.

“After all, you have not given your lives in your struggle against sin.” (Hebrews 12:4 NLT)

H—ave daily fellowship with Jesus.

“So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth.” (1 John 1:6 NLT)

I—nvest in godly relationships.

“But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7 NLT)

N—ever give up. But, always give.

“…then you won’t become weary and give up.” (Hebrews 12:3b NLT)

“They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity. For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will. They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem. They even did more than we had hoped, for their first action was to give themselves to the Lord and to us, just as God wanted them to do.” (2 Corinthians 8:2-5 NLT)

K—eep your future in focus.

“Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe.” (Hebrews 12:28 NLT)

“In the Christian faith, if you play hurt, you end up healed; if you stay on the sidelines, the injury just gets worse.” —T.G. Long