I love these verses, and I feel they really capture the whole essence of what Lent means:
"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, (emphasis mine) the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:1, 2)
It's all about knowing who we are in Christ, remembering that the Saints in heaven are cheering us on, setting aside earthly entanglements, and running the race...as we follow Christ's example.
The cross was a joy for Christ, because He knew it meant our salvation would be accomplished. And that when all was said and done, He would be back at the Father's right hand, the victory complete. We, too, must take up our cross and follow His lead (Luke 9:23 and following). We must run with endurance the race set before us.
Lent is a way of "recharging our batteries." When we set aside the weights, it's a lot easier to run!
Let us continue to lift one another in prayer. The journey is tough, but it's worth every step!
Keep your eyes on Jesus!