This fall, our youth have worked through the letter of Paul to the Philippians with an adult spiritual mentor. One project invited the pair to create a piece of art to portray “humility”. Take a look at what Maggie Hernan and Judy Rhoades have created! Maggie has invited YOU to add your own word that would remind you to be humble….look for the poster in the library on Sunday or email or post your ideas on Facebook.
So I ran on the track teams in high school and part of college. Not because I was fast. Because I enjoyed running in those days. Several times I ran on relay races, and I learned some of the best practices for running the race. #1: always look ahead. When you are in the 20 m. box painted on the track, waiting to receive the baton, you have your hand out behind you, ready to receive it, but your head turned to look forward. It is the other runner who must get the baton in your hand as you have already started to move forward. This is not as easy as it might seem. You have likely seen more than a couple of botched handoffs if you ever watch relay races in the Olympics.
#2: practice, practice, practice! You have to practice with the person you will receive from and you will have to practice with the person you will hand off to. A smooth handoff saves time, and helps the overall time of the team to be faster. A smooth handoff happens when the runner with the baton does not have to slow down, and successfully gives the baton to the next teammate, who has already started running. For a smooth hand off, each runner has to trust the other runner to follow exactly what they have practiced. If either one makes a change–gets going too slow or too fast or turns to look behind, multiple things can go awry, even the absolute worst–dropping the baton! Dropping a baton costs multiple seconds while the receiver scrambles to pick it up and carries on.
Running the race is a familiar Biblical metaphor–Paul uses it, Isaiah uses it. And now we find it in Hebrews. Continue reading