Hebrews 12:1: “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.”

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 is for a performer to have that kind of charged up audience. Well, here is an interesting aspect of the spiritual world around us: Call it the favorite reality show of heaven – we have been watched with fascination and genuine interest. Without us knowing it, we have been cheered on in our adventure called: “Life”.

Angels are part of this cloud of witnesses. They do much more than watching and cheering us on. They fight for us. The other portion of the cheering crowd is people of faith who have walked through life before us and understand our situation as we sweat, weep and sometimes bleed on the steep climbing road to heaven. And this is exactly what the heavenly crowd loves to see: they love watching us as we go by faith and not by sight.

The world rallies around hierarchies, power, money and greed, a recipe for disaster. Going against the mainstream, believers follow the Light of Life in a world that seems to become darker every day. This requires every bit of their endurance and strength. Strangely enough, sometimes believers burden themselves with extra weight. Life as tough as it is, the last thing we need is adding stress. We need to shed the weight we are not meant to carry.

We have a crowd of witnesses cheering us on. Let’s tap into that as we walk by faith. As little as it seems, our steps of faith are big in the eyes of the Lord. And He is with us every step of the way.

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