Be a Cheerleader
I have a friend who is living with a terrible, crushing burden in her family. One member of the family is slowly dying. Of course, this brings an enormous amount of sadness into her life. The demands of her job, other family members and this person who is so ill, often drains her energy. Yet, in the midst of so much despair, she almost always has a smile, a genuine smile, for all those she meets. She never fails to ask about our families. She is concerned with the welfare of her friends. Does she know what a blessing she is to all of us who know her? No. At least she didn’t until some of her friends told her. She was simply living her life in her usual way. She is one of the world’s cheerleaders. She finds a way to spread joy and sunshine wherever she goes.
Her joy in the world and in the people around her does not diminish the sadness over her family situation. What it does is give her a support network of people to lean on during the very dark times and that same group of people to rejoice with her when even small victories are achieved. If she had allowed herself to sink completely into sadness, never raising her eyes to see the support and love around her, she probably would be facing the sadness alone. By allowing joy into her sadness, she blesses herself as much as she blesses the rest of us.
As good stewards, we are called to find joy even in the sad times. We are also called to be cheerleaders to those with whom we interact each day.
—Ms. Carol Morris Ramsay
- Who are the cheerleaders in your life? For whom are you a cheerleader?
- Who are some of the people that inspire you with their ability to find joy in the midst of sadness?
- What can you do to inspire those around you? Who are these people and what do they need?
How Do I Act?
- Volunteer to serve in the local soup kitchen or a similar mission. Be a cheerleader to those that you encounter. If there is not a soup kitchen in your area, you might talk to other churches about beginning one for the community with your church.
- Hold a fund raiser for a disaster relief project. Call, write or email the Missions Ministry Team for more information at 8207 Traditional Place, Cordova, TN 38016, 901-275-4572, ext 234, MOrtiz@cumberland.org.
- Visit a local children’s hospital or nursing home. Bring joy to those in need with your smile. You may also want to donate blood, toys, blankets, special seasonal crafts or a time for your church’s choir or other groups to have special programs, crafts or parties. These activities are always appreciated and you don’t have to wait for the holidays to go when others might also plan to go.