Who is in Your Cloud?

Posted on September 27, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |

“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.” Hebrews 12:1

This verse comes right after the “Faith Hall of Fame” description in chapter 11. Our “cloud of witnesses” is made up of those “who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies (verses 33-34),” etc. Big shoes to fill, right? It seems intimidating to live our lives in light of this. But I think it can also be seen as exciting. We are called to become part of and continue this legacy! God wants to one day put our names in that hall of fame because of the incredible ways He was able to use us.

I think it becomes even more powerful if you narrow the scope and make it more personal. Think about your family history and who has gone before you. I’ve been looking through family pictures, so family heritage has been at the forefront of my mind. It’s so important to hear and take to heart your family stories and to pass them down to the next generation, along with your own story. We are part of a bigger picture. And not just in our families, but in our churches and other groups we are a part of as well. And if the legacy is not so good, let’s be the ones to break the change and start down a new path!

 

P.S. I’ve been teaching a Sunday School class on this topic using the approach of Faithbooking (see http://projectcenter.creativememories.com/faithbook). I encourage you to find out more about the legacies you are a part of and find a way to pass on the heritage to the next generation. If you want some ideas, let me know! 🙂

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