The other night as we helped a couple of people home from the streets who had had a bit too much to drink, one of the pubs we walked past started to cheer and clap us. It was a lovely moment, knowing that there was a greater crowd of people spurring us on as we went about our daily work.
It got me thinking about a verse from Hebrews 12, 1-2
12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Now it can seem as we are going about our daily walk with the Lord that there doesn’t seem much to celebrate. We get up, have a wash, have some breakfast, check for nose hairs and walk out the door ready for a new day at work. It can seem monotonous, same old and completely void of inspiration – and we wonder how this day can be used for the Lord.
But imagine for a moment that actually all that time you were being cheered on a great cloud of witnesses, celebrating as you wake up for a new day, urging you to use the breath that God had given to pursue the things that He had set out for us.
Imagine people saying, “Come on Andy*, a new day awaits, we are excited to see how God is going to use you today. We are thrilled that you impact the office with your smile and humor, your encouragement to others in the small things is great and is actually building confidence in those around you. We love the fact that you are a great friend because you make time for those around you. We love the fact that people see something different in you. We love that God has a plan and we wait with bated breath as we see that unfold today. You might see monotony – we see changed lives”
Now for me that would change my day, it would send me out each day willing to make a difference, it would make me get rid of things in my life that I knew were damaging to me, it would make me run with perseverance and most of all it would make me focus on Jesus, seeing where He is leading me and how I might serve Him today.
I’m not sure if we encourage each other enough, especially in an environment where we seem to be more interested in finding fault. Maybe today we can be different in that. Maybe today we can become part of someone elses “great cloud of witnesses”.
* If your name is Andy and you work in an office, my example is pure coincidence – but keep going if this is you,keep going, you are doing a great job!