Monday, February 01, 2010

A Great Cloud of Witnesses

Last night was staff night in AWANA. Each year, our staff hangs out with the kids in AWANA clubs in an attempt to connect with them. Past years have been challenging, particularly during game time as the competitive nature of our staff members has not always been held in check.

This year, we made a few changes in the format. Our staff divided among the three age groups and we spent the evening with our group. I was with the Cubbies - most of which are about about four-years-old.

During game time, I sat on the line and cheered my team as they participated in the relay races. As our time drew to a close, the leaders invited me and the other two staff members in our group to race one another. Soon, my Cubbies were chanting "Bro-ther-Neal, Bro-ther-Neal!" I was pumped. As they cheered, I was off around the game circle. Yes, I passed both my competitors, careful not to touch them or shove them "in the love of Christ" out of my way! And, yes, as a matter of fact, I did win.

And I owe it to my cheering section. I couldn't let them down, now could I?

You know where I'm going, don't you? " 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, and run with endurance the race that lies before us..." Hebrews 12:1 (HCSB)

Just as my Cubbies cheered for me, you are being urged on by the fathers of our faith. RUN!