Some of you will know that I volunteer for our CAP Debt Centre. I try my best to support an amazing team and also help to run our new Life Skills course. It’s the thing that gives me life. I absolutely love it.

On Sunday 22nd of April, 15 or so of our Church family ran either a 10k or a half marathon to raise much needed funds for our center and along with some other willing volunteers I marshalled at the event. I’ve never marshalled before…MARSHALLING. IS. INCREDIBLE!! Basically, apart from making sure competitors don’t get run over you get you cheer people on….FOR HOURS! I was blown away by the stamina of all of the runners and spent the first 40 minutes really wanting to run a marathon myself…after about three hours and after seeing some pretty broken people I changed my mind! We cheered the elite runners, the fun runners and even when runners were few and far between we kept cheering; continued to be amazed and carried on supporting.

I’m just so thankful that we, whether we realise it or not, have Jesus who is constantly cheering us on. When we’re doing really well in life, He is there, proud as punch. Cheering. When we’ve made a bit of a hash of things, when we haven’t done enough training or we’ve bought the wrong shoes, He’s still cheering. He sees us smashing our personal best because He knows us inside out, He loves us unconditionally and He’s already put everything we need for success (whatever success means) inside of us.

He looks at us as the finished article and I think that’s incredible. He also tells us through His word in 2 Corinthians 5:20 that He is making his appeal through us – as part of His body, oftentimes we are his hands and his feet in our communities, within or families and in our friendships. I’d love to see us really cheering one another on more. Who is there in your life that you could be standing with or encouraging that little bit more? Be it a stranger on the bus, a work colleague or your bestie; how loud is your cheering?

Proverbs 16:24 says something really beautiful – gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
I know I want to have a mouth that speaks those gracious words as often as possible, anyone else?