Running Shoe

12 So then let’s also run the race that is laid out in front of us, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us. Let’s throw off any extra baggage, get rid of the sin that trips us up, and fix our eyes on Jesus, faith’s pioneer and perfecter. He endured the cross, ignoring the shame, for the sake of the joy that was laid out in front of him, and sat down at the right side of God’s throne. – Hebrews 12:1-2 (CEB)

When I think of all the amazing people God has put in my life, I am overwhelmed and thankful.  My next thought is, “Lord, how much help did you think I needed?”.  The answer is apparently “a lot”.  I have truly been blessed to have crossed paths with so many wonderful people who have taught me and shown me so much.

While these folks are amazing, they’re also ordinary people who are far from perfect.  Actually, it is God who does amazing things through regular people.  (See my previous post, Ordinary People, Extraordinary God)

These are the people who inspire me, some are family, some are friends, some are acquaintances, some were strangers who were kind.

Who doesn’t love an inspirational story of God doing great things through normal, everyday people?  I was watching the Today Show this morning, and the did a feature on Chester Jackson.  (You can check out Chester’s story here.)  Chester is a mechanic, who runs a garage in Columbus, GA.  In his spare time, he fixes us old bikes and gives them to kids in the neighborhood who otherwise might not have a bike.  Then some of his bikes were stolen.  The community, along with help from The Today Show, rallied around Chester.  New bikes were provided to kids who would have received the bikes that Chester had fixed up.  Chester was moved to tears from the smiles on the kids faces.  Inspiring – God doing great things through an ordinary guy.

Which gets me back to the “whole cloud of witnesses” in today’s scripture passage from Hebrews 12: 1-2.  This whole group of heroes, ordinary people, through whom God has done amazing things, well, they inspire me to run, to run the race that God has set before me.  God uses them to build up faith and trust in you and me, by their witness, the words, and their example.

In the comments, tell me:

  1. Who inspires you to “run”?  
  2. Who are you building up?

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for all the people you have sent my way, to teach me, to lead me, to build me up.  May their faith and your love inspire me to do the same for others.  Amen.