The Cheerleader

Ephesians 3:14-19

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with might through his Spirit in the inner man, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with the fullness of God.

Thought for the Day:  You are loved and accepted

A simple picture placed on Facebook brought many remarks.  A simple picture of a boy’s press pass to a local town’s radio station where he worked part-time as a sports announcer for high school ball games.  He loved sports of any kind.  He loved the players, cheerleaders, and the people in the crowd.  As the remarks came in and were read, one caught me off guard.  A few years prior to that press pass picture being made, he was in high school enjoying the basketball and football games, and loved the life of a high school student.  Only one drawback, he was in a wheelchair.  So, one day out of the blue, he wrote a note to one of the cheerleaders that said, “How do you think they’d feel about a cheerleader who can’t jump?”  When the cheerleader read this statement, she went to cheerleader practice, huddled the girls together, and read the note to them.  By the end of the huddle, he was named as an honorary cheerleader for Camden High School.  Between that note and a cheerleader’s admiration for him, his life changed in an instant.  He was known.  He was loved.  He was a part of a team.  He was important.  As remarks to that facebook page poured in, messages such as, “Rick was one of our biggest supporters and a big part of the Lion family”, “Ricky represented Camden Lion Pride, better than anybody”, “I can still see Ricky on the gym floor!  And that big smile!!”, and “I never looked into his face that he wasn’t smiling, “What an angel looking over us now!”.  This sister, 33 years after his death, learned how he became a cheerleader for the Camden Lions and I stand in awe of a “great man”.

As I thought about the tributes that came in for my brother, I began thinking about the wonderful loving words.  Then I thought about the words that might be used for me many years after I am gone.  What words would I want to hear?  My life with Christ brings me to the words I would want to hear and I am proud that my parents and both of my brothers can be described with these words: loving, caring, patient, friendly, compassionate, kind, gentle, and so many more.  As I continue thoughts about descriptive words, I realize that the most important descriptive words need to come from our Father.  The Upper Room Devotion this morning stated, “As believers, we have been adopted into God’s family.  God is our parent who protects, loves, forgives, and accepts us.”  So, my list of words to be described as are protected, loved, forgiven, chosen, valued, accepted and “a child of God”.

Prayer:  God, thank you for loving us.  You chose us and we are your children.  Be with us as we go through this day and help us remember at any moment that we are loved, chosen, protected, and accepted by You.  We love you, Father, Amen.

Prayer Focus:  Those looking for acceptance

http://devotional.upperroom.org/devotionals/2016-09-01

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