Well, I have been trying to cheer my Steelers on in this Thursday night football game, but it hasn’t always been easy to do tonight. Congrats to the Browns and Browns fans for FINALLY beating my Steelers. I am proud of my team though, they played gamely in spite of all the injuries — there were guys on the offense tonight that I have never heard of before.
You know though… a fan is a fan, and even though this season hasn’t gone the way I would have wanted it to go, 5 – 5 with a first year quarterback isn’t too bad. I still enjoy cheering for the team, even though I know a Super Bowl run just isn’t going to be a reality this year. To me, that is what a true fan is about; you support the team no matter what. Fair weather fans frustrate me. Can I get an amen Browns fans? You know what I mean. Wow, I just watched that ridiculous fight — now I don’t know what to think.
When I think of cheering on a favorite team, it reminds me of the importance of Christians encouraging other Christians on in their faith. Knowing that someone has your back when it comes to your faith can be so powerful when things become difficult in life. Paul writes, “When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.” Romans 1:12 NLT
This past week I visited someone from our church in their home with the purpose of encouraging him in his faith and guess what, I left that home encouraged in mine as well. I think that was what Paul meant in Romans 1. My hope for our church is that we would be full of people who would search out opportunities to encourage others. To proactively seek out folks who need someone to cheer them on in their desire to grow deeper in their faith in Jesus. Because, that is what church should be all about, isn’t it. No fair weather fans here!