A young boy waited anxiously to hear what part he would have in his 2nd grade school play. The boy had told his mother that every child in the class would be given a special part, but she didn’t want to overly encourage him. She knew he probably wouldn’t get a speaking part and feared that he might become discouraged. Therefore, she simply smiled and kept her worries to herself.
It was a good thing she did. The next day when her son came home from school, she was standing by the door. As he approached, he was beaming from ear to ear. “Did you get a part?” she asked, trying to mask her surprise.
“Oh, yes — I did!”
“Well, what part did you get?” his mother wanted to know.
“You won’t believe it, Mom!” he responded, “I’ve been chosen to cheer!”
Wow, what an attitude! I don’t suppose this is the answer his mother was expecting to hear, but I’ll bet she was humbled by it and very proud of her son.
Wouldn’t it be terrific if we were a lot more like that little boy? Oh, how different our homes would be then . . . not to mention our churches.
What would the church be like if people came to cheer everyone else on? Sunday morning would be more like a pep rally than a funeral procession; instead of spilling out our own problems and frustrations, victories and successes, we would be quiet and listen, and encourage others.
In the book of Hebrews, the apostle Paul writes with fervour, “and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24 -25 NASB)
The word for encourage in this verse is ‘parakaleo,’ which means “to put courage into another, or to cheer on another.”
How well do we do that?
We have been chosen by God, not only for a speaking part, but also for the role of applauding and cheering others as they run their race for Christ.
Hurry! . . . there’s the starting gun!