Yesterday, on my way to pick up T2 from school, I saw a kid running. He was quite puny, wore glasses, and looked like a gust of wind could easily carry him a hundred feet. He ran as one with no athletic ability, and I'm sure has never been first pick on the playground when teams are formed. As I watched this kid, all I could say to myself is, "At least he's doing it!" He was out doing his thing, the way he wanted to be doing it, bony and shirtless! "Get it in kid!", I said in my head.
There is absolutely NOTHING that can prevent us from progress! Sure, you may find a rock or huge hole in the road from time to time, but God provides us a garage FULL of tools for us to use and get beyond the adversity that pops up in our paths from time to time. Thinking of this kid, I hear Paul, in his letter to the Hebrews, "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, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of Faith." I think of this boy's shirt being a hindrance that he threw off and those eyes behind the glasses fixed on a goal, only he knew about.
This kid, who was a nobody to me, became an inspiration to me. Isn't that how life works? We are surrounded by nobodies every day. Then some of these folks become somebodies in our lives. How do we become somebodies to one another? We are ALL somebody to God! Through service, love, and compassion, driven by Christ in our hearts, we begin to see less and less nobodies in the world and around us. When we treat each other as though we all actually matter, we have a better chance at finding peace and a progression that benefits us all.
Those who have ears, let them hear.......
Bryan Hollomon Williams