Thursday, January 6, 2011

Get in the game!

When I was younger, I was a cheerleader for a couple of years.  I remember dressing up in a cute little suit and putting my hair in a ponytail with a bow.  I remember going to practice and learning fun chants, cheers, and dances.  I remember going to games and cheering on the sidelines.  I remember meeting the other teams' cheerleaders.  But that is about it.  I don't remember if we ever won or lost.  I don't think I cared about the game or understood the rules.  I don’t know if we made a difference.  I just dreamt of being a cheerleader and thought it was a fun thing to do. 

Life lesson:  Learn why you should cheer

Early in our marriage, Brian was a student pastor.  Students would frequently come to me with complaints about Brian.  I didn't like it, but sometimes they were right.  I decided I would become Brian's cheerleader.  I began to tell students to take their complaints elsewhere.  I was the self-proclaimed President (and sometimes only member) of his fan club.  I stood beside him in public, always.  Of course there were times in private when I questioned his decisions or made suggestions regarding his choices, but on the sidelines, out in the game, I always cheered.

I am certain I didn't know enough about the game of marriage to know what was going on, but I began to see amazing things happen.  The more I cheered for Brian, the more I began to believe in him, the more he changed.  You know, I think that is why God said in Genesis 2:18, “And the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.  I will make a companion who will help him.”  Many, many times if I had joined the jeers or partnered with the naysayers, Brian would have been alone.  So, I stood by Brian.  I knew he wasn’t perfect, but I chose to cheer.  Isn’t that what our Lord does for us?  Remember, while we were still sinning, Christ died for us.  (Romans 5:8)  Admittedly, I still don’t understand all the rules of the game, but I do understand that I can make a difference in the life of others.  Especially my number one guy!

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