At any sporting event, you’ll find two types of spectators in the stands.
One is there to support the team — to cheer them on when they’re playing well and when they’re playing not so well. Win or lose, they wear the colors, they wave the banner, they remain loyal.
In contrast, there are always some who aren’t there to support the team, but to be entertained by the team.
When their side wins, they’ll gladly take the credit — as if they played a part.
When their side loses, they’re quick to boo and belittle their own players — as if they themselves could have done better.
My theory is that one’s attitude in the stands pretty much reflects one’s attitude in life.
You’re either loyal to those around you, rain or shine, offering support and encouragement through wins and losses … or you’re like the fair-weather fan waiting to pounce on someone’s mistake.
Think of how this attitude applies to your work, your church, even your relationships with your closest friends and family.
No doubt, the people in your life already hear enough booing, as it is. A sincere show of support on your part, a word of encouragement during a difficult time, has the power to inspire.
Fair-weather fans are a dime a dozen. Who needs another?
All-weather friends, on the other hand, are one in a million. Could this be you?
There are people in your life who need (and deserve) your all-weather loyalty, win or lose. Consider how you could cheer them on today.
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. (Proverbs 17:17)