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Cheerleaders or Killjoys

This week, my husband and I sat on the sidelines of two Christmas parades.


  • Floats.
  • Cheerleaders.
  • School bands.
  • Local businesses.
  • Community organizations.



As the parade progressed, some on the side lines cheered. Others jeered.



I thought of my parade through life.  Who sits on my sideline?



Cheerleaders or killjoys?



Do they applaud, encourage, and motivate me to move forward in my life?


Do they boost me up, energize, inspire, and rally around me?




Do they spoil the pleasure and joy in me?


Do they dampen my spirit, discourage, or hinder me?



Cheerleaders or killjoys?



Even more… Who am I on the sideline of others’ parades through life?



Cheerleader or killjoy?



Do I applaud, encourage, and motivate them to move forward in their lives?


Do I boost them up, energize, inspire, and rally around them?




Do I spoil the pleasure and joy in them?


Do I dampen their spirit, discourage, or hinder them?


Cheerleader or killjoy?


I want to be a cheerleader. I want to encourage others daily (Hebrews 3:13). I want to affirm them more and more as we all approach the end of our parades (Hebrews 10:25). I want to keep building them up (1 Thessalonians 5:11). I want to comfort them (Isaiah 40:1).


And I want those types of people on my sidelines.


Cheerleaders, not killjoys.


Come alongside… Which one are you? What type of person do you have on the sideline of your life? Who can you comfort today? What can you do to change?

9 Responses to Cheerleaders or Killjoys

  • GuichT says:

    I know that one of the most difficult decisions I had to make was letting go of a few people that I called friends at some point. At the same time, the friends that I do have I keep close and treasure and try to be that cheerleader for them, my wife most of all.
    It’s difficult in today’s world not to be the killjoy; it’s to easy to be cynical.

    I love this post. Looking forward to what you share next.

    Love and blessings to you, mwah!

  • Daphne, I love the way you help me look at everyday things in a deeper way…you are definitely a cheerleader in my life as a writer, and in the lives of our friends in the Lakeland Christian Writers Group…you inspire me to encourage others more…it is truly a blessing 🙂

    • Daphne says:

      Thank you so much, Beth. I appreciate your friendship and the encouragement you’ve given me over the years.

      Many blessings to you, my cheerleader friend. 🙂


  • Janm says:

    I hope I am a cheerleader to others! I know I need them in my life as well.

  • Debbie Newman says:

    Go Daphne…Go for God…what a cheerleader…what an inspiration you are…Love you Daphine:)

    • Daphne says:

      Thanks, Debbie. You are a blessing to me too. I would be honored to have you share a little bit of your testimony on the blog. Just let me know when you’re ready.

      Blessings, my friend.


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