You've seen the horses that walk beside the thoroughbreds on the way to the gate. I've always heard they were called stable mates or pony horses because they pony out the race horses. The stable mate's primary use is to calm the racehorse. Allowing a little nip or nudge to soothe the nerves of the competitor. The pony horses provide a reassuring companionship during their walk to the starting line. It takes a special horse to fill that position and it takes a special human to be a positive reinforcement for another. One who soothes the star from the shadows of their brightness.
I don't know what race you're running, but I encourage you to run with perseverance. If God has set the route before you, run with everything your heart can give you. I began to consider my own race and that which God has challenged me to follow. I've also prayerfully considered the people who carry weight of being my stable mate. I'm fortunate enough to have more than one and they are blessings. I have prayed that I can be a dependable stable mate, supporting from outside the rails and fiercely cheering with as much energy as if I were the one racing. I believe everyone takes turns being the competitor or being the support. The contender or the comrade. Pay attention to those who stand beside you, those who cheer you on and want to see you run the best race of your life. They're the best stable mates God has ever given.
Seeds to Share
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 - Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor; if either of them falls down, one can help the other up.
Hebrews 12:1 - Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.