Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Hebrews 12:1a HCSB
I have fond memories of the many days I sat in the bleachers and cheered for my sons as they played little league baseball and basketball. My daughters were involved in dance, and I enjoyed attending recitals as they performed the dances they had learned. Every parent should be on the sidelines cheering for their children and encouraging them not only in sports, but also when they earn good grades, receive an award, or even when they are discouraged and fail. Children need the love and encouragement of their parents. Every child wants to hear their parents say, “I am proud of you.”
As believers we have a huge crowd of witnesses who are constantly encouraging us. Some are the heroes of faith as described in Chapter 11, but some are with us today. Fellow believers come along side of us to support us and help us when we face trials and difficulties. When we struggle, we do not struggle alone. Others have run the race before us; they have faced difficulties and trials and have overcome. Their witness stirs us to run the race and persevere to the end, keeping our eyes on Jesus.
Challenge: Thank God for the many witnesses who have gone on before you and have left a godly legacy to follow. Praise Him for the believers in your life who help you, support you, and mentor you. Be of help to other believers by encouraging them to run the race and keep their eyes on Jesus.