In cheerleading stunts, I am learning the lingo. The “base” is the support for the girl who is being lifted (aka, the flyer) and tossed in the air. The base must be strong and sturdy and fully focused on her flyer. The flyer seems more glamorous in their “elevated” status and exciting tricks while being lifted and then tossed, however, they also must be strong, flexible and focused, completely trusting and relying on their base. It’s teamwork at its best.
In life, and in cheerleading, our best tricks and “AHHHHHH-inspiring” moments only come when we have a good sturdy foundation. A base we can trust to hold us up and catch us when we fall. A lesson I’m learning throughout this, our first cheer season, is to hold my tongue in regards to the gossip-monger cliques, for it is quickly becoming obvious how unreliable their own bases are in their own “mean-girl” actions. A teachable season for both my daughter and I to discern people for who they are, pinpoint traits to emulate and moments to rise above. There are many girls in this sport who are amazing and wonderful girls and I pray they can all rise above the few who are Divas-in-training to encourage and lift up their teammates; that they can be the “base” in their actions and words. We all have the opportunity to be both base and flyer; its important to remember it all starts with the base.
How sturdy is your base?
1 Thessalonians 5:11