I was in the shower this morning talking to our Lord and He revealed something to me. I was asking Him (AGAIN!), “am I doing what you want me to be doing? do You want something more out of me than I am giving right now?” A picture of me in my high school years as a cheerleader flashed before me, then a picture of our senior paper of getting the senior award for being the ‘biggest cheerleader’. I also was brought back to a moment when, after a game, and the boys got smeared, my fellow cheerleaders were all about laughing and having a good time in the locker room afterwards, and I had my hand on my hip and said, “how is it that you can be laughing and having a good time when our boys just got killed and now they are feeling sooooo bad!” I walked away in disgust. I was always driven by how the ‘game was being played’.
I’ve grown up a little since then, but I think there is an element of ‘cheerleader’ in me that is ingrained in me. But I realize that I have been questioning the Lord’s calling on my life because so many times standing on the side lines cheering is not playing the game. I’m not important, not needed! But, every great player needs a good cheerleader right? Cheerleaders are as important as the player.
I watch my family and all that has taken place, friends, and it seems I sit here on a stump and watch this all go on….
But, I realized, for all these people, I am their BIGGEST FAN, BIGGEST CHEERLEADER, I PRAY when I say I am going to pray!
I realize after having this little conversation AGAIN with the Lord that I am not not doing. I think as a wife and a mother this is one of the biggest assets we have to have from the time they try to take that first step, to being on the ball field and screaming (for the team of course), to guiding them in the way they should go. I tell my kids alllllll of the time, “I AM YOUR BIGGEST FAN!”
1 Samuel 23:16
Jonathan went to find David and encouraged him to stay strong in his faith in God.
“In the past you have encouraged many people;you have strengthened those who were weak
Your words have supported those who were falling;you encouraged those with shaky knees
As soon as I pray, you answer me;you encourage me by giving me strength.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing
Worry weighs a person down;an encouraging word cheers a person up
So, I look at this and think, the Lord does take an encouraging word or cheering another one on to be a big deal in His book.