A phenomenon takes place at sporting events that baffles me. How can just one in a throng of 80,000 fans incite the multitude to systematically rise from their seats, throw their hands in the air and make noise like over-caffeinated owls? It happens in scoreless games, as well as lopsided ones. Whenever the crowd loses their focus and fervor for what’s happening on the field there will always be that one in the crowd to stand up and encourage his small section to mimic his actions. Their lack of interest in the game makes it easy to center their attention on one brave enough to stand and ask for it. It takes several attempts of modeling the desired response, but if he truly wants to get a wave rolling all the way around the stadium, he will persevere until the majority of the crowd rides along wave on wave.
The power of one always amazes me. One understanding parent. One fearless soldier. One kind teacher. One follower of Jesus. We each contain far more power than we think. We have children, platoons, students and non-believers living in our section of the world, some of whom have lost their focus. Those bored with life longingly look for that one person in their section to stand up and model joyful living. Are you sitting or standing?
If you are standing, don’t give up. Keep living your Spirit-filled life and others will notice and want what you have. Be diligent. Some will be watching with side-ways glances hoping you don’t see them looking at you, but you have their attention. Be consistent. Others are so accustomed to looking down that you’ll need to move in closer and maybe even kneel to make eye contact. Be kind.
If you are one of the ones sitting among the crowd, look around. Is there someone who inspires you to live like Jesus? Keep watching. Life knocks each of us down occasionally and we need time to be still and be refreshed in order to rise again. Be patient. Do you have a hard time remembering the last time you felt joyful enough to whoop? Look to Jesus. He knows how you feel. Many of His days resulted in His need to be quiet and still. It’s the same for us. Be prayerful.
When we find the courage to stand and mimic Christ-like behavior there will be others who will do the same. Then, others will see them, who’ll see them, who’ll see them until godly lives begin to roll wave on wave. Who knows? When you get to heaven you may have 80,000 plus lined up to meet the one who started their wave! Be hopeful!