Jenny Reese Clark

Christian Writer & Speaker

The Effect of Observing

Recently, I was privileged with the opportunity of attending this year’s NCAA Gymnastics Regionals in Auburn, AL. As soon as I walked in the Arena, I could feel excitement swell inside of me. As though I had never seen such athletes in all my life, I sat the entire first hour with chill bumps noticeable to everyone around me. Even my brother commented on how visible my thrill was. I just couldn’t help myself. I could barely contain this roaring mixture of team spirit and competition.

I would have thought it was just me and that this was a new sober moment, but when I went to the concessions to grab a pretzel, groups of adolescent girls were lined up behind the Arena’s seating having a secret competition of their own. From Cartwheels and walkovers to handsprings and back tucks, these aspiring young gymnasts eagerly gave the carpet their best in order to prove their ability among the crowd. When I saw this, I realized how impressive a fired up and enthusiastic crowd can be.

The effect of observing this simple scene reminds me of how I should approach my faith. As easy and as boldly as these girls were in acting on their inspiration, I should also be ready to act and display the good hope stored inside of me. Whether my condition provides the safety and comfort of a familiar atmosphere or not, I should step up and out both on and off the mats of life. In doing so, I may just stir a little excitement of my own.

Bravo little ones and may I always follow this example!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV)