The Power of a Cheerleader

I Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Have you ever considered the value of a cheerleader? Not the actual human, of course, but the position he or she holds. I am embarrassed to admit that for the longest time I lumped all cheerleaders together into that high school stereotype — you know the one — the superficial popular people who smiled big, yelled loudly, and jumped around a lot. However, over the course of the last year the Lord has shown me with great clarity that a cheerleader is crucial to the success of the individual and team.

What are the functions of a cheerleader?
•    To liven up the crowd
•    To rally the team
•    To entertain during time outs, breaks, etc.
•    To yell loudly when encouragement is needed
•    To support the team regardless of the score

I’m sure you can come up with others. But if we stay with this short list for a moment, I ask you how much more crucial are cheerleaders in our everyday life? Everyone of us needs someone who will support us, rally around us, entertain us during a time out, and spur us to greatness regardless of the setbacks that come our way. Cynicism, critics, repeated defeat whether perceived or real all take their toll as we endure this challenge called life. Without a faithful cheerleader to remind us to take a break, look up, and push through, discouragement, fear, and defeat will quickly ensue.

A good cheerleader knows that the spirit of the players is critical to the success of the game. Games have been won with seconds on the clock because the team stayed focused until the end. The hard work during practices, the discipline inspired by the coaches, the rallying calls of the crowd, and the unfailing encouragement of the cheerleaders carry the team through the difficulties, setbacks, and fumbles to victory in the end.

If you are blessed with a cheerleader in your corner, don’t forget to hug him or her today. And if you know someone who needs a cheerleader, perhaps you might be just who they are looking for. Fancy uniforms and pompoms are not required. Leave the judgment at home, put a smile on your face, and go encourage someone to greatness today. Your words might be just what God uses to set up that winning layup, complete the touchdown pass, or simply tip the ball in that person’s favor.

Find someone to believe in, and be loud!

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