Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart... Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:1, 16When I was memorizing the fourth chapter of second Corinthians, it's hard not to notice the same phrase repeated twice. Do not lose heart.
There are so many verses in the Bible from the Israelites going into battle to Paul commending us to persevere and not give up. God knows we are weak, finite beings and need much encouragement because life is hard for us.
I've been reminded several times lately about Derek Redmond's story in the '92 Olympics (video link) and how his dad pushed aside the guards to reach his son and help him finish the race. How our Father brushes aside the opposition to get to us and help us finish the race*. Together. We are not left alone, so
Do not lose heart.
*The race not being achieving salvation or getting to Heaven (that is solely a work of God alone); the race being reaching the end of your earthly days and still holding fast to the faith.