Many things can happen in the last lap. Some want to quit because they have lost their focus. They are falling back in the pack. They are tired and sometimes discouraged. What should we do? Point them back to Jesus!
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. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
1 Corinthians 10:13
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.
I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course; I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7