October 12, 2016
Yesterday I had the opportunity to help out at our home Cross Country meet. Personally, I have never been much of a runner. I never quite understood why high school students join a team that leads them to run mile upon mile everyday in the heat of Phoenix. For me it often sounds more like a form of torture than an enjoyable sport.
But then I went to the meet. If you haven't ever been to a high school cross country meet, I encourage you to get out and watch one. I don't know if there is a better example of our theme of Building Up than what you see at these meets. Everyone is encouraging one another. It isn't just the runners on your team or people from your school. It is everyone; all of the fans, all of the parents, all of the runners encouraging the participants to do their best.
Before and after races the teams come together for cheers and prayers. All the teams gather together when the awards are handed out. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." Throughout the year we have focused on the first part of the verse which calls us to encourage and build up. The cross country team is a great example of the second part of the verse, "just as in fact you are doing." The encouraging is already happening, we just need to keep it going. If you see the team out running or see one of the runners at school or another event, please join me is saying, "Well done cross country team."
Mr. Robert Koehne