Oct 25 2019

Do Unto Others

Pastor Dave Koppel

Dear Friends,
Last Saturday there was a robotics competition at Hutto High School. One of my confirmation students was part of a team that competed and it wasn’t just building a robot; it was competing in a simulation to repair downed high voltage power lines. But that’s not all—each team also had a display and a marketing team that presented their own power company. It was great!
And each team had supporters, and many of them had pep bands. Some had matching T-shirts, some had light sticks, and some had cheer squads. One team all wore reflective vests and hard hats to look like electric line workers. It was amazing and glorious.
As the competition went on, the DJ played tunes, and the teams competed four at a time. There were 17 teams involved. Some of the kids broke out into spontaneous dance.
The cheering section for Hutto was yelling encouragement and cheering when I noticed something. At one point, their team was not on the floor competing (remember, only four teams competed at a time) and yet they continued to cheer.
They cheered for and encouraged their competitors. They cheered for the other schools. Together they cheered, “We are proud of you!”
I don’t know if that spirit came from the kids, their advisors, or from their faith, but it was magnificent and wonderful. To see these kids cheering for the other teams, to see them encourage one another—well, it seemed positively like something that Jesus would tell us to do…
Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31
Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Wouldn’t it be great if all of life was like that? What if we spent more time encouraging each other than we do criticizing each other?
What if we spent our time building each other up, appreciating each other, blessing each other, instead of tearing one another down?
Sometimes we can learn a lot from high school kids. I know that I did last Saturday.
In His grip,


p.s. Hutto High School won the competition, and they are moving on to the State Competition in Dallas.