Bystanders?

By-standing? (01-28-22)– -Lifting Each Other Up!--1 Thessalonians 5:11


My friend, may I ask you a question? Sidelines. Did you ever stop to consider how important they are? Yet, if the playing field is where all the action is taking place, of what importance could the sidelines possibly be?

My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.

I'm M. Clifford Brunner.




Sidelines. Did you ever stop to consider how important they are? Yet, if the playing field is where all the action is taking place, of what importance could the sidelines possibly be?

If you have ever been a football player at the bottom of a tackling pile, a runner sprinting to the finish line or an athlete sprinting up and down the basketball court with a dribble, you know how important the sideline is. Even though every winning athlete is motivated from the heart to excel, in the end, without the support from the sidelines. it is often very difficult to maintain that level of excellence. You need the yells, the waves and the cheers to be fully motivated to go on.


But, being on the sidelines doesn't really seem to be much of an inspiring job, does it? Bye standing when you could be playing seems so trivial, so meaningless. Chuck Swidoll tells the story of a little boy who found he had a special gift. One day a bird hopped up to him and the boy reached down and touched its little head. The bird enjoyed the touch and actually let the lad stroke it several times before he hopped away again. Soon he found his "calling"–patting little birds on the head. The birds would approach, lower their little feathered pates to be patted, sigh deeply, and walk away satisfied. It brought him no end of fulfillment–in spite of the teasing he took from others. "What's wrong with patting birds on the head?" he wanted to know. "What's wrong with it?" his embarras