Something about a relay race always invokes excitement, team spirit and mutual comradery. A group of friends, classmates, co-workers or family commit to run a race together, each taking a section of the course. The first person starts, trusting the next person will be waiting to receive the baton at the first designated pass. On and on it goes, runners giving all they’ve got and passing on the baton to the next person until the last person on the team eventually crosses the finish line. When that last member races across the line, the entire team wins.
A relay race is communal, a unity that requires full participation from every member. Everyone giving “all they could give” is what wins the race. It’s never the fastest runner or the last runner that wins the race. A relay team wins when the team works together in unity, trusting for the runner before and after to do what they promise they will do, passing the baton with confidence and care and giving all they’ve got during their assigned stint of the race.
As we think about the beauty of a passing baton, we began to pray and dream and believe that we could “pass the baton” for strangers, friends, family, community and nations. What if we started a batch of batons all going in different directions? And if the baton lands in your hand, you make a donation, whether $5 or $10,000 to the “pass the baton” cause via gracekleincommunity.com/donate and pass it on to the next person. Remember to include your baton number in the memo line.
As a friend shared recently on social media, “Together we can make a difference in someone’s life.”