Writing weekly articles normally attracts my complete attention; today, however, the annual Grey Cup supersedes all other afternoon thoughts. It's currently half time, the Riders are ahead and I'm seeing Green. I honestly felt bad to see an orange-garbed player from Ontario injured and hope he recovers fully and quickly, but in spite of my genuine concern for his well being, my loyalties lie with the home team.
In all honesty I've never watched a complete football game but I sure keep my eyes on the score board; furthermore, I have no idea who the players, refs or owners are but I know the team is based out of Saskatchewan and I love that province. Crazy reasoning for loudly proclaiming my allegiance, I know, but I have chosen to support them and I'll do it with all my might. No matter how good a team there is something powerful about knowing you've got thousands of people cheering you on. Win or lose, hearing a packed stadium of people roaring their support sends a rush of energy into what is a physically tiring four quarters of play.
I am incredibly grateful for the cheer-leaders who have graced my life: those who believed in me when I wasn't sure I believed in myself; those faithful friends who loved me enough to correct me when I needed it; and, those brothers and sisters in Christ who have prayed for me over the years. If I have one desire in my life it is to live a life that cheers and inspires others around me.
"Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing." (1 Thessalonians 5:11 - Amplified Version)
"I'll lift you and you lift me, and we'll both ascend together." John Greenleaf Whittier
PS: The Riders won!