Read:

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. — Hebrews 10:23-25

Reflect:

As we see men and women compete to the roar of a thunderous crowd in the Olympics, it becomes apparent how support stokes the fire of competition and passion for work. Applause and affirmation drive home beliefs of worth and create resounding thoughts that they deserve to be exactly where they are; that their efforts have added up, and they face a very real chance of victory. As they fight to reach their goals, they do so with an assembly at their back.

Even the most difficult struggles are easier when we have support. We know that Christ empowers us, and that we have the ability to do more than we could imagine through Him, but we are made of flesh and blood. The human component searches for the cheers. Our ears strain to find exclamations of support; the belief that others know we have it in us to succeed. We search for more than good sermons and well-made casseroles in our fellowship with the body of Christ. We desperately need a cheering section. When we face obstacles or work toward an objective, we fare much better with the shouts or even texts of reassurance and inspiration.

Stuck, constantly, in the silence of our own thoughts, we can forget the plans and promises of God. When pushed out into the earthly arena, silent fear or taunts of insecurity can bring us down without proclamations of support to drown them out. And the first and best way to find a group to support us is by becoming a cheerleader for others.

When we see others struggle, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we step in and affirm God’s plans and promises. With each whispered doubt, we repeat the Good News. We chant the Word of God that tells them they can do all things through Christ (Phil. 4:13) and no weapon formed against them will prosper (Isa. 54:17). We surround them in battle, reminding them that God has given them armor to deflect any blow and their leader, our God, is poised for triumph. Our roars of love, mercy, and a precious Father rise above the noise.

Prayer:

Lord, draw us to the cheerleaders in our lives. Help us surround ourselves in a crowd that supports us and pushes us more and more into Your will. Even in the midst of struggle, we pray that you show us the battles we all fight. Give us the opportunity to not only hear the support of our brothers and sisters but be a loud voice of affirmation for others on their journey. Amen.

Your Turn:

Do you ever find yourself so wrapped up in your own struggle that you forget to cheer for others?

Some of the best friendships/supportive relationships are formed through outreach to others in need of support. Are there individuals in your life/church/community that could use a word of support and/or a prayer for strength or peace in trial? 

 

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Kendra Cagle

Kendra is a wife, mother of one, and a reader of any book placed in her hands. Growing up as a preacher’s kid, she never thought she would follow that path. Twenty years and one Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies later, she’s accepted and embraced that God has bigger and better plans. As Kendra transitioned from full-time career to stay-at-home mom, God rekindled a love of writing that has renewed a drive and purpose for which she was desperately searching. In her writings, she hopes to encourage all of those who feel like they have no idea what they are doing.