Have you ever noticed how much cheering on our kids need each day? I didn’t have any clue when I held my firstborn in my arms almost twenty-one years ago. When I became a parent, God knew that seven years of training in cheerleading would come in quite handy. He didn’t fill me in though–until my toddler was learning to walk. When I began chanting, “You can do it! You can do it!”– it all clicked. Today, I was high-fiving my newest reading graduate, placing a sticker on a small chest, giving a hug to my weary daughter, and buying supplies for an edible earth experiment. Cheering comes in handy as a parent–it’s almost like encouragement on steroids and is much more enthusiastic, more bouncy, and can yield a greater return than a simple affirmation.
Ok, I know some of you either were cheerleaders or were the ones that stood scratching your head asking, “Is cheerleading even necessary?” I say, well, I think it is. Granted, I’m not wearing the little skirts anymore and all that bouncing took its toll on my legs–but my kids brighten when they see my eyes light up and hear my high-pitched squeals. Please, don’t ever underestimate what a little cheering will do in someone’s life! If those around you are heavy hearted–cheer them on or if someone has achieved a personal goal–celebrate it! Celebrating the milestones in someone’s life says that you value them, that they are important, and that you care. I believe it truly reflects a loving your neighbor as yourself attitude.
Of all the things that I could have done in my youth, I’m glad I was a cheerleader. I hope that you will enjoy the faith cheering that happens here in my blog. It is my prayer that you will keep growing in your faith dear friend and never hesitate to share it generously–”You can do it! You can do it! You can do it!”
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)