After recently becoming engaged, I have taken time to reflect on what kind of woman I want to be as a wife and hopefully a mother. In taking this next step in my life, I realize I will no longer be making decisions to please only my parents, although I still hope to make them proud. I now have a bigger purpose and something greater to live for.
The other day I came across a quote comparing a woman of the world to a women of God. Growing up in a Christian home, I have always had a good moral compass and have done my best to be a good person. As I have grown spiritually, I realize that being a Christian isn’t about doing good deeds or being a good person. Being a Christian is about having a relationship with Christ, growing in faith and being transformed into His image. I realize no one is perfect, but what an amazing goal.
When I read this quote I thought of Kelli, the director of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, who I have had the pleasure of getting to know over the last two years. She is a very inspiring person and challenges us to grow. After sharing the quote with her, she asked me to write an article about what it means to me.
Where do I begin? I have learned so much the last few years and in my life that I think I could write forever!
In the DCC world and through life in general, it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and only see YOUR plans, disregarding that there is a higher power and something bigger for your life than the “right now.” From my perspective, DCC has been a huge growing experience. It would be very easy to become a vain, greedy, coarse, obsessed-with-fame person (as the quote says), BUT if you take a step back and see that each individual woman has a purpose on the team besides “the skinny one,” “the powerful dancer” or “the swimsuit calendar cover girl,” we see that we are much more than just the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
We are blessed with women like Brittany Evans, “the precious heart that loves the Lord and can make you smile no matter how bad of a day you are having,” or Jackie Bob, “the comedian that can always make you laugh and help you realize that we need to lighten the mood and have fun,” or Ally Traylor, “the one who cares so much for others and wants everything to be the best it can be,” or Nicole Bulcher, “who is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside,” or ANN LUX, with a poker face, dry wit and a great sense of humor that loves to make everyone laugh and genuinely cares for all of her teammates more than anything … AND can always fix their hair in a crisis situation!” .
Together, we are a perfect recipe to make a difference in the community and in the world. We work together as a team for a purpose greater than ourselves.
In closing I would like to share the quote:
“Women of God can never be like women of the world. The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity”.
– Margaret Dyreng Nadauld