pastor’s weekly thought

ianwilliamsRev. Ian WilliamsTHE CROWD

Jackie Williams

“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.” Hebrews 12 v 1

Every 2012 Olympic race & competition I have watched I have been highly conscious of the crowd; the noise, the cheering, the chanting, the applause, the standing ovations. Every interview I have witnessed whether with athlete, athlete supporter or commentator there has been mention of The Crowd.

The “crescendo of enthusiastic noise” and emotion and energy of the crowd in some way being transmitted to the athlete to “carry him over the line” or as Olympic, 10,000m Champion, Mo Farrah described “The Crowd pulled me around the last lap!”

I can only be challenged by the impact and influence of The Crowd! The choice of the crowd to cheer on the runners, I can only conclude, contributes to the experience of the athlete and dare I say even affects the outcome of the race!

Let us choose to cheer on all of our fellow runners in this Race of Life, particularly those who currently have a centre stage slot to run a significant heat, when maybe our own race is being run in obscurity and pain.

In doing so let us be encouraged that there is a “huge crowd of witnesses” (Heb 12 v 1) Heroes of the Faith, all of whom have competed and won in this Race of Life, who are cheering us on in our daily Race. So let this Crowd influence how we run today and every day. Let this Crowd propel, even carry us forward with endurance toward the “Prize for which God thro Christ Jesus is calling us.”

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