Wednesday, November 28, 2012

the roar of the crowd

Do you remember what it is like to sit in the middle of the grandstand and listen to the roar of the crowd?  Maybe it is the football game that is filled with great plays and a close score.  Another awesome setting I like is the speedway where the music of the engines is almost too much for your ears, but something happens and the roar of the crowd is awesome.

I recently sat around the table with some old friends and some new friends.  It was one of those holiday events where stories are shared.  There is lots of laughing and lots of sharing.  Some of it brought tears.  Some of it brought belly laughs.  It is similar to the roar of the crowd as each person connects with others who sat at the table.  I love those moments.  They really are incredible and memorable.

Hebrews 12:1   NLT
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.  And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.  We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.  Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame.  Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

Life is not a sprint.  No, it is more like a marathon or a 4/40 relay.  In the relay there are team members that help you succeed.  That is exactly what God intends for our lives to be.  He made us to connect with God and to connect with other people.  Together we are stronger.  Together we accomplish more and use what God has given us.

Can you imagine what the grandstand must be like in heaven?  The verses above tell us what that is like.  We are being cheered on.  That is the people who have gone before us.  There are also people around us that we learn from and who encourage us to greater things and new success. 

I believe that we ought to live our life with the sweetness of the roar of the crowd on our minds.  We ought to watch and cheer on others.  We ought to look up in the grandstands, proverbial as they are, and listen to the people who are cheering us to win.  God intends for us to win, and the road of the crowd makes that more possible and more exciting!

Romans 8:37
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

Listen and join in to the roar of the crowd…

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