I always wanted to be a cheerleader, but for some reason my high school didn’t have a cheerleading team. I had friends who were cheerleaders at their schools, so when they showed up at youth group in their cute gear, I always thought to myself how I wished I could do that!
I’ve been studying Proverbs 31 in my 31st year of life, and as I have studied verse 12, the Amplified version really stood out to me:
“She comforts, encourages, and does him only good as long as there is life within her.”
As I studied these words, some synonyms for encourage were: applaud, boost, brighten, cheer, energize, inspire, rally, strengthen, and I immediately thought about my silly cheerleading envy in high school. I thought, “I AM getting to cheerlead! Just in a different way than I thought as a sixteen year old!”
I’m still very much a newbie at marriage, let alone a marriage in ministry, but as I’ve had the privilege of being married to such a strong, passionate, visionary pastor for 9 years, I’ve learned that being his wife is really like being a cheerleader (cute outfit with exuberant attitude and pom poms may apply on some days).
So I began thinking about what my job was as a cheerleading wife. To deeply love my husband and to want to see all that God has put in his heart come out in the way God intended. To cheer him on with all my heart. To inspire him with courage and spirit and confidence, and to rally all who are in our home to be a part of the excitement and wonder of how God is using him. To brighten my home with this team spirit. To be his biggest fan.
What an honor to be a cheerleading wife!
I’m not saying that I’ve got this down, or that I’m perfect at this calling of cheerleading, BUT thankfully, in all my failures and mistakes and mess-ups, I have a God who fights for me, who strengthens my arms for battle, who gives me all I need to live this life. I have a Savior who lived, and died, and rose again, and who is coming back soon, and we, in Christ, have cheerleaders cheering for us, all the people who have died in Christ before us, along with my Lenya Lion.
Although I never got to be the cute girl jumping and dancing around with the white shoes and green and gold pom poms screaming for my high school team, the Pirates, I DO get to be the best kind of cheerleader within my home, in my church. Cheering for Fresh Life, Skull Church, the O2 Experience?! The best. There’s no other place I’d rather be than right by his side.