Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Don’t Ever Give Up!

Quitters never win, and winners never quit, but those who never win and never quit are idiots. Monday night a Southern Illinois Cheerleader was dropped on her head from a 15 feet tall stunt. After some tense moments and strapped to a backboard, she continued to cheer on her team. While the paramedics wheeled her Kristi Yamaoka did the motions for the basketball team’s fight song. “As long as my arms were functioning; I could do the fight song.” She said. – Now that is the kind of cheerleader everyone needs. Last night at supper I overheard a conversation between my 4 year old son, and my 8 year old daughter. After coming in from playing together in the back yard, he asked if she would always cheer for him. She said yes, and a proud dad piped in that we all need cheerleaders. In life we all really do need someone who will cheer us on to victory. Even when the team is down and there is no hope of winning, I marvel to watch the cheerleaders on the sideline who continue to wave their arms and jump as if the game is close. Cheerleaders like Kristi Yamaoka, even though they are hurt, continue to keep the focus on the goals of the team. Kristi, you are my hero. As part of God’s kingdom team, I hope that no matter what happens to me, that I can be faithful to put the team’s victory first. As the pastor of Cornerstone, I hope that even if they are wheeling me out on a stretcher, that my arms will be motioning to the crowd to keep on cheering, the game is not over, we will win this one for the Lord! Go Church GO!