Short Bus Insights-Cheerleading Gone Wrong

Posted: January 20, 2014 in Uncategorized
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This blog post is going to concern the ladies on the bus.  A new career has erupted on the bus that apparently every Pre-K girl seeks to master.  It is the ever so lucrative career of the cheerleader.  Yes, we go from Christmas songs, to animals, to cheers all within a matter of moments.  It really wouldn’t be that bad, but those cheers are just so darn catchy!  I will catch myself saying them, in my head of course, later on in the day long after I have parked the bus.

But here comes the problem.  There is one lady who has not quite learned spelling yet.  And apparently has not heard the real cheer enough to know when she is doing it wrong.  The most popular cheer these days on the bus goes something like this: (be sure to use your best and most perky cheer voice as you read this) “T.L.C…K.L.E…Tackle…Let’s Go Big D!”  No, that was not a typing error on my part.  She believes that is how the cheer goes.

Some of the other ladies that have been riding the bus have tried to correct her, but to no avail.  In fact, instead of correcting her, she has had an influence on the other ladies.  Now, they all say the cheer wrong.  And if I am honest, sometimes I catch myself saying it wrong in my head.  I can’t help it; it’s just so catchy!

So where do we go from here?  Do we look at how one wrong cheer can influence a bus?  Do we look at how we sometimes just want to do it our way and it doesn’t really matter if it’s wrong?  Or shall we discuss how instead of many influencing the one, the one has overpowered the many?

Well, I’m going to touch on something different.  See, what I did not tell you earlier as that the young lady that is saying the cheer incorrectly is new to the school.  She arrived as the new semester got under way.  That means that she has missed out on seeing the real High School or even Junior High cheerleaders do this cheer because the cheerleaders are only around during football season.  Then where could she have heard this cheer?  From her classmates.

Her classmates are the ones that taught her the cheer and then became upset with her when she did the cheer incorrectly.  But in her mind, that is exactly how the cheer is supposed to go.  The cheer was never portrayed clear and crisp enough for her to understand it completely.

What messages are you sending or teaching other people?  You may not be going around your workplace, home, or school yelling out cheers, but messages are definitely being sent.  How clear are those messages?  Can anyone pick up what you are laying down and be able to imitate you?

I Corinthians 11:1 “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.”

How clear is it who you follow?  How clear is it what you stand for?  How clear is the message you are sending?

I’m not talking about putting on T-shirts, bumper stickers, or even Facebook posts that represent your viewpoint.  I’m talking about the life you live.  The everyday grind.  The real you.

T-shirts, bumper stickers, and even Facebook posts can cover up the real person.  We can portray whoever we want.  And you may fool others that only encounter you on Facebook or just in passing.  But anywhere you spend a majority of your life, they already know and have interpreted the messages you are sending.  How clear are they?

While in prison, Paul prayed for clearness of message.  His desire was that his message, both spoken and lived, would be so clear and point so directly to Christ that there would be no other possibilities.

Colossians 5:3-5 “At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.  Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.”

Messages are everywhere.  Being sent knowingly and unknowingly, deliberately and in passing.  Be aware of the message you are sending.  Know that others are picking up on what you say and do.  Make sure that there is no mud in the water.  But rather there is a clear flowing spring that comes from Christ and runs through you to others.

How are you sending clear messages?

In Christ’s Love,
Josh

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