I have always admired cheerleaders when I watch Basketball or American football.
They are so hyper and carefree and will always support their team throughout the game regardless of what the score says. And we cannot overlook the team work it takes and the team effort, the encouragement to ensure the team gets a favourable result.
Having someone cheer you on, no matter how small the team makes a big difference.
If we look to the bible we can see where people have had some cheerleaders who were supporting them, if we look at Mary when she found out she was carrying the Messiah, she was also told that her cousin Elizabeth was pregnant and when she went to see her even the little cousins they carried lept to acknowledge they were excited for each other.
In Exodus 17 we see Moses having some cheerleaders of his own too. When he encouraged Joshua to fight Amalek, whenever Moses lifted his hands Israel prevailed but when he put them down Amalek prevailed. And the men gathered stones to keep his arms up and Aaron and Hur and Joshua prevailed and afterwards Moses made an altar and called it “the Lord is my banner”. How cool is that!
Cheerleading can be both ways, whether the team is winning and you are cheering them on into victory or they are not doing so well and you are cheering for them to keep their head up and finish strong.
Let’s take on this challenge together for the month of July, to lift up one person a week and encourage them, be it publicly or encourage them through prayer but we need to be cheerleaders and be there in the corner for someone.
Let’s take up this challenge and be someone else’s Aaron and Hur and lift them up and see God work a victory in and through us. It’s even more exciting when the cheer has a ripple effect, as Aaron and Hur helped Moses, Moses was assisting Joshua and Israel get a victory too.
Who’s with me?