Daily Devotional: Friday, December 15 - Their Biggest Fan

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” — Hebrews 10:24

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At the 2023 U.S. Open tennis major, a little boy named Eddie captured the hearts of millions. The 10-year-old kid was attending with his family, and when his favorite player, American Tommy Paul, got down two sets to none early in the tournament, he stepped up his fandom and got busy. Positioned right near the towel bin where Tommy could hear him, Eddie began to pump up his guy: “We’ll be here all night, Tommy! You’re gonna win this in five!” For the next three sets, he pulled Tommy through to a victory, and his efforts did not go unnoticed.

Paul said after the match that he heard the little guy the entire time. He had plans to make sure Eddie could come to the next round’s match and give Tommy the inspiration he needed. Sure enough, Eddie was there the next round … and the next, with Tommy eventually losing in the round of 16. But even with a loss, he was quick to point out the energy his new buddy Eddie had given him all week, even hinting at possibly finding a way to get the kid to travel to future tournaments and cheer him on, schedules permitting.

It was a sweet story that brought a smile to many, and it got me thinking about the importance of having at least a person or two in your life who are your biggest fans. Athletes often have dedicated fans who root for them or their team, but even the most die-hard supporters can turn on you if your results are not satisfactory and you can’t deliver. This is why having people in your corner, regardless of your performance on the field or court of play, is essential. After all, this is reflective of the heart of Jesus.

When many religions require their followers to do things to pacify and please the spiritual deity or god they believe in, the Christian faith is built around the reality that God has already done everything for us through the death and resurrection of Jesus. And we get to live in the knowledge and assurance that we are chosen, dearly loved, and prized by our Heavenly Father. He is our biggest fan who has good plans for us and will never leave us or forsake us. He promised so! Situations or challenges don’t change that reality, and that is a comfort.

So as we build relationships here on this earth between ourselves as fallible human beings, let’s do what we can to model our Father and be with and for one another, no matter what. Let’s show that our love isn’t based on performance or expectation, but on sincere care for each other’s mutual welfare. Let’s show up when things get tough and tell each other that we (and Jesus) aren’t going anywhere; we’re just waiting for the comeback.

Everyone needs an Eddie in their life. Let’s be that for someone in our circle today and every day!

— Katherine Singer

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