I have a lot of great memories from growing up in Southern California, but one of my favorites is of going to the 1984 Summer Olympics as a young boy. I remember sitting in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and witnessing the moment many people had waited for–the start of the 100-meter dash. The crowd hushed with anticipation; then, with a loud bang of the starter’s gun, the silence was broken. The massive crowd rose, screaming in unison, beckoning our sprinter to win the race and become the fastest human in the world. In 9.99 frantic seconds, Carl Lewis won the gold, electrifying the crowd. Chants of “USA-USA-USA” were filling the 90,000-seat stadium. I used to dream that someday the person they cheered for would be me. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have everyone cheering for you?

The Bible says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a hugh 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” (Hebrews 12:1).

Wow! How awesome is that! As we follow God, a heaven-sized crowd is cheering us on, screaming for us by name. We are engaged in a lifelong race, running for God, and we are called to give it everything we have.

GET REAL

When life is going well, Thank God for the race. When life gets rough, focus on God and ask Him for strength to make it through. Remember, no matter what, you are being cheered for each step of the way.

Devotion by Chris Haidet, appearing in the book, Random Thoughts: Get Real with God, Others, and Yourself: A Devotional for Young Adults (Thrive) Paperback – by Steve Russo Day 121