My sons are in cross country for their schools; which means lots of running, stretching, and miles and miles to run. At every meet, the team members, who are not running, line the sides of the course to cheer the runners on.
As the runners enter the last quarter mile or so, they see the finish line and begin the final push. I have seen the runners, who look like they could collapse from exhaustion, find their next burst of energy to push through to the finish line.
The reason for this push is simple– there is someone encouraging them, cheering them on, telling them that they CAN do it.
When the runner hears those voices calling their name, telling them to “kick it” or “push it” in those last strides it makes all the difference.
The runners are no longer in this alone.
I am reminded of the verses in Hebrews 12:1-2, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (ESV)”
We, as believers, have so many who are cheering us on in our “race” as we journey through life with Christ. A “great cloud of witnesses” hollers our name from Heaven as we choose to serve Christ or others for His sake.
Who are you encouraging in their walk? Are you standing on the sidelines, calling out the names of those around you, so they know they are not alone?
Let us run this race together.