I have set the LORD always before me (Psa 16:8 KJV)
Let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. (Heb 12:1-2 KJV)
That’s the way to do it: Keeping our eyes on the Lord Jesus Christ for he is the author and finisher of our faith. Whatever we do, that’s the best way. Just as the poet puts it in the popular hymn, which is often sung at confirmations or birthdays, but fits every day if you think about it:
“Jesus, Lead Thou On” by Christian Gregor, 1723-1801
Translated by Jane Borthwick, 1813-1897
1. Jesus, lead Thou on
Till our rest is won;
And although the way be cheerless,
We will follow calm and fearless.
Guide us by Thy hand
To our fatherland.
2. If the way be drear,
If the foe be near,
Let not faithless fears o’ertake us;
Let not faith and hope forsake us;
For through many a woe
To our home we go.
3. When we seek relief
From a long-felt grief;
When temptations come alluring,
Make us patient and enduring;
Show us that bright shore
Where we weep no more.
4. Jesus, lead Thou on
Till our rest is won.
Heavenly Leader, still direct us,
Still support, control, protect us,
Till we safely stand
In our fatherland.
The Lutheran Hymnal Hymn #410 Text: Luke 5:11
Author: Cento by Christian Gregor, 1778 translated by: Jane Borthwick, 1854, alt.
Titled: “Jesu, geh voran” Composer: Adam Drese, 1697 Tune: “Seelenbraeutigam“