A GREAT CLOUD OF WITNESSES

Mowing yards is a bittersweet memory of my early teen years.  My older brother was a yard mowing freak.  He made a small fortune mowing the yards of widows and businesses; basically anybody willing to pay a hard working kid with a lawnmower and a weed eater.  As my need for cash became greater, I begrudgingly joined him in the business.  He was gracious enough to hand off a few yards and I was happy to make a few bucks to keep gas in the car.  I say begrudgingly because mowing yards is hard work.  Of course I’m referring to the push mowing brand of grass cutting, not the soft seat riding mower brand.  This is why the memory is bittersweet.  The sweet part of course was the cash.

THE NEXT GENERATION

I share this because this week, on April 18, 2016 the next generation of Colbert grass cutting began as I handed over the reigns of my push mower to my 14 year old son Brayden.  It was a time warp kind of experience.  I felt like I was looking back through time at myself 30 years ago.  The coolest part of this whole thing was getting to show him how the whole process works.  We started with the gas of course.  I showed him where to put the gas, then how to prime it, and then the best part was watching him pull away at the starter cord.  Since it was the first cut of the year, it took a few pulls but when it fired up it was magical.  The look on his face was priceless as he sensed the power of the engine at his finger tips.  After a few crooked trips up and down the front yard, he was on his way.  As I sat back in my lawn chair sipping on a cold glass of water I cheered him on.  Honestly, I expected him to quit from exhaustion halfway through.  But within an hour the yard was freshly cut and I was bursting with pride.  Of course, he was $20 richer as well.

CHEERING US ON

This experience reminds me that there are people cheering you and me on.  I’m talking about those who have gone before.  Those who sacrificed, worked hard, were faithful, who took the time to teach and train the next generation.  They are cheering us on now as we carry on their legacy and do the same for those coming after us. 

Hebrews 12:1-2a says:  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.

Be encouraged today by these words as you extend the ministry of the Gospel.