3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. 4 For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, [f]according to the proportion of his faith; 7 if [g]service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; 8 or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with [h]liberality; he who [i]leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
Romans 12: 3-8
On a cheerleading squad there are many members. Not only do the athletes count as part of the team, but the coaches too. When you think of a squad, you think of those performing but often forget that the coach is just as much part of the team. It is also easy to think that certain people, those who you might call “stars” of the team are worth more than the others. Let’s be honest, there are some people who are naturally more talented then others, but this is just a role that they play on the team.
It is silly for people to think too highly of themselves. One person cannot win in a team sport. If that “star” player were to compete on their own in a full team division there would be no way they could win against a full team. Every person on the team is important, and all play a role in the success of the squad. It would go well with everyone if they not think too much of themselves and understand that they are merely a part of a bigger team.
This means that there is no one person more important than the other, but the reverse is also true; there is no one person less important than the others. No matter where you are, whether you are a base, back-spot, flyer, or front spot, you play an important role in the overall show. No matter where you stand, front or back, you are part of the formation and without you it wouldn’t be the same. Every person possesses certain gifts. Some fly, some tumble, some dance, but all play a role.
Maybe you’re not the strongest tumbler, maybe you only tumble, no matter what you do play to your strengths. You may be weak in tumbling but are a strong flyer; this is where your value is and that is where you will soar.
Each player and each coach should not think that they are the key, but play their role according to the gifts they were given, and see each other as an intricate part of the team.