Hebrews 12:1: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”

As entertainers, we love cheering crowds. My husband and I usually perform in small venues, so we certainly can’t speak of football stadium experience, but I’ve been told how exhilarating it must be for a performer to have that kind of charged up audience. Well, here’s an interesting aspect of the spiritual world surrounding us: Call it the favorite reality show of Heaven – we’ve been watched with fascination and genuine interest. Without us knowing it, we’ve been cheered on in our adventure called life.

So, there’s a cloud of living beings around us. Yeah, please don’t think of the walking dead or something creepy like that. We know of angels, and angels are very much invested with their hearts and souls. They do more than watching and cheering us on. They fight for us. Angels are part of that cloud of witnesses.

The other portion of the cheering crowd are people of faith who have walked through life before us and know exactly where we are coming from as we sweat, weep and doubt and still keep on doing it: Venturing our steps of faith. And that’s all this cloud of witnesses is interested in. They love watching us as we go by faith and not by sight.

Think about that. This is not a gossip loving crowd who shames us behind our back, no! This is a crowd of living beings who loves to see us succeed in our battle to do the right thing. And a raging battle it is!

Our steps of faith, as little as they may seem, are hugely valued right when we make them. Forget about the upcoming reward, even though it’s great to eventually see things come to fruition. The moment we step out in faith is the most rewarding time window I can think of. How gratifying to look back later and relive that moment when we made the right decision even though it meant swimming upstream, even though it took every little bit of our endurance and strength to see it through. We may not actually hear the crowd cheering us on, but somehow our spirits are revived and we feel good about our life.

Life is a wild ride – so let’s keep moving! Remember, we are entertaining angels.

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