Monday, May 23, 2022

A Well Spoken Word

 By: Joanne Viola

My family will be the first to tell you that I am not much of a sports fanatic. I understand the various sports but just have no interest in them.

But put me in the stands of a game where one of my children are participating and it’s a whole different scenario. My interest is heightened to new levels and I can cheer with the best of them.

And that is because now I have a vested interest. There are people I love in the game. My cheering matters and can make a difference to them. I cheer to encourage, to keep the players motivated and their eye on the goal, which is to play their hardest.

When the chips may be down, one cheer can infuse just the right dose of inspiration to dig deep and keep on.

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, But a good word makes it glad.”
(Proverbs 12:25, NASB)

But we’re all in a game of sorts – the game of life. Remember that board game? Life happens as we move our colored car around the board. We finish college, get married and add a peg to the car, have children and add more pegs, buy a house, stock market crashes, job changes, give birth to twins and the car is full.

We need the most cheering when the car is brimming, pegs keep falling out with each move, and all we want to do is cross the finish line.

Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances.”
(Proverbs 25:11, NASB)

  • Cheers – the delightful and lovely words that seek to push us to our purpose in life.
  • Cheers – those sincere and pleasant reminders to keep on going till our lives bear fruit.

We all need those cheers.
And we all need to give them.


Photo by Elena Mozhvilo on Unsplash


  1. We do all need cheering, Joanne! "Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances," turns into a prayer request for seasoned words of encouragement for those around us.

  2. Oh, those pegs falling out with each move! I feel that - I remember that! "The delightful and lovely words" - cheers of encouragement, to not give up - and to encourage others, even oneself! Your words lifted my heart! What a perfect Monday Morning message, Joanne! ~ Maryleigh

  3. "LIfe" as a board game was not a game I play much. But "LIFE" as the real deal became the serious game I played, losing and winning like a roller coaster. Turns out that God has cheered me on throughout the years. I have a few people in my life who have also cheered me on.

  4. I'm the exact same way with sports. I'm pretty much uninterested in them except during the Olympics--and except when one of my kids is playing. How we all need those cheers of encouragement to keep on keeping on.

  5. CHEERS to our life in Christ my friend!


Thank you for stopping by, we love hearing from you. Please feel free to contact us with any prayer requests or questions by commenting below or emailing us at the About Us page.