For homecoming the cheerleaders are teaching the 4th-6th grade girls a cheer to perform. (although no 6th graders showed up) anyways, we are teaching them the first cheer we ever learned. As I showed them the motions and watched them struggling through it, I was reminded of when I first learned that cheer. I looked just like them-not understanding what I was supposed to do and how in the world I was going to get my arms to move that way. Now it’s as natural as talking. I thought about how sometimes we struggle in an area for awhile, but then we think we’ve mastered it so we let our guards down. We stop thinking about making our motions stiff to put it in cheerleading lingo. We figure that since we don’t struggle so much anymore, we don’t need to keep working on it and we move on. Sadly, that seems to be when we get in the most trouble. All of a sudden, we get out to do a floor cheer and we completely forget the first 5 motions. Or we get in a situation and completely fall to whatever we were struggling with. But I also saw determination on the faces of those girls-and excitement. They are no where near perfect, but man, they think it’s so cool. And I guarantee you they will go home and practice. God’s been teaching me a lot about that lately..and it was a reminder today. It was like He was saying, See how hard they are working..why do you slack off after you think you got it? Since reality is, I don’t have it nor am I anywhere close. Yeah, I may master a cheer..but in my spiritual life I must constantly be on the guard. “For your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion seeking who He may devour.” I Pet. 5:8
Last night our varsity guys basketball team had the awesome opportunity to play at conseco fieldhouse. And since I’m a cheerleader, I got to go and cheer. Let me tell you, it almost made cheerleading worth it. I can now say I’ve cheered on the same court the Pacers play on! And although our guys suffered a very disappointing loss, it was a blast! It was amazing how big it was, and how little and insignificant you feel out there-looking up at the stands and seeing no one. And how quiet you are..especially when there’s only 5 of you!:) We got the coolest dressing room in the whole world..it was full of couches and huge mirrors and tv’s..it was super cool!
But anyways..it was an awesome experience. One I will never forget!
A Lesson Learned From Cheerleading..
We had a game tonight..we won too! But we finally got an extension..which for those of you who are cheerleading illiterate, it is a really hard stunt..but anyways, we did one at the beginning of the game and it went perfect..then we tried doing two more and I fell out of both of them. I don’t know why sometimes I can stick a stunt and sometimes I can’t..but I guess that’s the way I am. I’ll learn, hopefully. But I was thinking tonight as I got up..embarrassed about falling out of the stunt. When I’m up there, my whole body is dependant upon Kayla and Eve’s arms..I’m up in the air-on top of their 4 hands, and that can be scary if you think about it. Sometimes we drop the stunts, and although I haven’t gotten hurt from any of it, it still shakes you up a little. But you get back up and try again..back to what I was thinking..there are a lot of parallels to our spiritual life. The first thing that came to my mind was..I’m so glad God is the one holding my life and not Kayla and Eve..no offense to them, but even if my knees bend or I lean forward..God’s got me. He will never let me fall..and that is a cool thought. Then I was thinking about my own spiritual walk..the times in my life when I’ve been so in love with God…and the times I haven’t. I realized that in those times when I was struggling..I was relying on human strength to carry me through. I was leaning on other people and going to them for advice and encouragement. It’s like in a stunt..I’m relying on my bases..but if I bend my knees, I’m going to fall. They aren’t strong enough to hold me up. So it goes in my walk with God..if I rely on people-they fail..at some point, they can’t hold me up..they aren’t there..but if I put my trust in God-He’s always there..kinda like staying on the floor. I’m not usually worried about the floor under my feet caving in..so I’m not worried about God all of a sudden not being there..
I have learned many more lessons from cheerleading..but I have to go do my homework..