Life is like a marathon...or is it more like a wrestling match? When we read in Heb. 12:1 that we are surrounded by a great “cloud of witnesses”…we may picture a stadium in which men and women of faith who have gone before us, are cheering us on as we run; but instead of being at the end of the race, let’s picture ourselves, as John Maxwell does, entering the stadium somewhere in mid-race, drawing inspiration and energy from the crowd. Making our way around the track, one by one, great heroes of the faith come down from the stands to encourage us on our journey. It's now our second lap as a man comes jogging toward us with a limp. We rack our brains trying to remember his name from Sunday School...and how he got that limp. “I’m Jacob,” the man says, seeing our mental strain. Jacob... the grandson of Abraham and the father of the 12 tribes of Israel? He nods and then speaks six surprising words: “There is blessing in every defeat!” Click this link to download.