Let 's Keep Cheering!

Hebrews 10; verses 24 & 25 NIV

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching."

Did you enjoy the Olympics? If you're like me, I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat shouting and cheering on every competitor, particularly as they approached the finishing line. They were people I'd never met, or am not likely to meet, but I knew that they had worked hard and they deserved to do well.

Did you notice that when interviewed, most competitors said that the thing that kept them going was the roar of the crowd encouraging them?

I was reminded of an incident in my childhood. I was about eight years old at the time and I came home from school after a special "Sports Day". I was feeling very downcast and discouraged. I was quite small for my age and I was certainly no athlete! I'd been a complete failure and came practically last in every race! On arriving home, there was a small package awaiting me. It was a present from my father - a plastic snake bangle. I've never forgotten his words as he handed me my gift. "This is fo r being a good sport and entering every event even though you knew you stood little chance of winning!" I treasured that little bangle and although that was over seventy years ago, I've never forgotten my father's encouraging words.

Life isn't easy and sometimes when we see a brother or sister struggling, how good it is to encourage them. Our Heavenly Father sees our struggles and I'm sure that He, too, is blessed when we keep going, stepping out in faith, and at the same time encouraging our brothers and sisters who are also in the same race.

Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you that You see us when we struggle and you seek to encourage us from your Word and from brothers and sisters around us. Help us to keep our eyes on You and to reach forth to the finishing line knowing that You will be there to meet us with Your "Well Done, thou good and faithful servant."

By Pat - Clevedon,UK