"Facing the Giants"
One of the best movies ever produced about sports is called "Facing the Giants." It’s a football movie about facing the giants in our lives and giving God the glory through it all. At the turning point in the movie, the coach is trying to encourage one young man to do his best, and go as far as he could without quitting. The coach asks the young man to meet him at the goal line and get on all fours, which they affectionately call "the death crawl" and with a blindfold on, asks the young man to begin crawling. As the young man starts out, he is on all fours crawling the length of the football field with another boy on his back. As he crawls, he keeps asking the coach how far he had gone and the coach continues encouraging him to do his best and not give up. As the young man continues to crawl and get tired, he continues to struggle and ask the coach, "Have I gone far enough?" All the coach will tell him is… "just a few more yards." The coach is down in front of the young man yelling at him to give it all he has and to leave it all on the field. When the young man finally collapses and cannot physically go any further, he takes off his blindfold and he has crawled 100 yards with another boy on his back! The coach encouraged the young man and as the other players witnessed what was happening, they too were encouraged. They were encouraged to do better, be better, and to live better, giving glory to God in all things! They were a team and knew that they had to work together as a cohesive unit in order to achieve their goals. They had to face their giants together.
The church is similar to a team, we were never intended to go it alone. We need one another for help and encouragement. We need one another to remind us to never give up, and to give it all we have, even in the most difficult of times. We were made to encourage one another. In Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, King Solomon wisely writes about how we need one another, how we draw strength and help from one another and how we pick one other up when the other falls down. Our encouragement toward one another is vital for the church to be healthy. So how are you? Are you facing your giants alone?