Last night at CU, the talk was on ‘Running the Race, and Keeping the Faith’. I love this passage from Hebrews, but this time something smacked me in the chest! For the first time, this passage was deeply personal. Matt, the guy who spoke to us had 3 points, with the overall focus to encourage the CU to keep running:
1. Listen to the Crowd
2. Drop the Weight
3. Focus on Christ
The first point of listening to the crowd meant a great deal to me. He gave the analogy of Wembley Stadium being full of ex-Olympians, who represent the great cloud of witnesses mentioned in vs. 1, cheering the current ones on, and encouraging them to keep running.
When Matt was talking about this, the thought of my Grandpa kept slipping into my brain. He is now a part of that great cloud of witnesses cheering me on, telling me that whatever I do, I just need to keep on running!
At his funeral, with the stories of his life that were being told, this passage was clearly evidenced in my Grandpa’s life – this philosophy to keep running because the prize at the end is worth it all was how he lived his life. He always looked for the silver-lining as it were in every situation, saw the best in everyone, offering a second chance to anyone that needed it, a real demonstration of what it meant to forgive 70×7, as well as continuously encouraging people, particularly those close to him. We heard stories of how he brought 100s of boys into the Church through his involvement in the Boys Brigade, and that was something that just blew me away, and continues to blow me away daily.
Isn’t it amazing when you think you know someone, and you love them for who they are, to then find out they are even more amazing than you first knew?! He was a great encouragement to many in his life, and for me, he continues to be a massive encouragement to me, even though he has gone. But I know that he has joined that great cloud of witnesses that the writer of Hebrews talks about.
I want to live my life in a similar way to the way he lived his. For a Methodist, he was very forward-thinking and eager to try new things, particularly when it meant bringing young people in to the Church!
Now I know, that with every day, wherever I am on my journey with Christ, my Grandpa is stood in the stadium, with his gold medal saying “fix your eyes on Jesus and just keep running! I have tasted and seen the prize at the end and it’s amazing and well worth it all!”
That alleviates my fears, and gives me a new confidence to approach each new day, knowing that God is with me, and promises to be with me to the very end, and that I have a great cloud of witnesses, including my Grandpa supporting, and encouraging me through it all! All I need to remember is that I just need to keep running!