Updated: Jun 5, 2019
Tuesday's Tip to bENCOURAGEd...
Arms linked and eyes locked at a running opposition stood a chain, an immovable barrier – a force to be reckoned with. One goal: no matter what, stand your ground and keep those arms tight. For decades this has been the unspoken resolve of willing participants as they proclaim their battle cry for one to come over – the infamous Red Rover.
Years ago, my kids and I attended a field trip where their schoolmates enjoyed this game. The kids were lined up in their horizontal human walls with only an empty field of maybe ten yards between them. Teams took turns as they called out for the other team’s single representative to charge towards them. As they attacked, each one ran towards what they thought would be the eventual broken link. This break in the chain would garner them a prisoner, who would become their new teammate.
Bruised limbs, scraped knees, and grass stained pants where merely badges of honor for each player, but there was always one who would get the wind knocked clean out of him. Thankfully this child was not mine; however it so happened, on one day, that my daughter was the one who had done the knocking. Once the fallen kid caught his breath and wiped tears from his eyes he bounced back-up, ran to his team, and hooked again to his chain of defense to battle again. As I watched from a far I remember thinking - that charging child never stood a chance. You see, I knew that my daughter had already made the decision that no matter what or who came towards her, she would be immovable.
The interesting thing about this childhood game is that it is full of immovable children, and I am not simply referring to those who “clean the clock” of the oncoming runner. Of course the player who prevents the opposite team member from “breaking” their link is seen as immovable. But inside the child who gets thrown to the ground is an immovable force that says, “Get back up and go again!” One lesson learned in this full contact lawn game is “I will not be moved” outwardly, or inwardly.
In order to bENCOURAGEd we too must be immovable. We must be resolute when opposition races towards us.
Our dedication to the team helping us must not be moved.
Our perseverance must not be moved.
Our commitment to finish what we began must not be moved.
Our resting in God’s promises must not be moved.
Our willingness to keep learning as we fall down MUST NOT BE MOVED!”
This immovable resolve helps us bENCOURAGEd, so that we can encourage others.
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”
(1 Cor. 15:58 NKJV)
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