What’s Your Battle?
We are all in a battle. Scripture says in Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle (battle) is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
I hate politics. I love my freedom. It’s a double edge sword, part of living life on earth. A constant battle. A deep urge within me wants to battle with the best over all the gritty details of last night’s President’s Address, but I’m so tired of it. Tired of the memes, political posts that end in hate flinging, and friend blocking. I want my peace more. What about you?
We have been at war with nations over half of my life. The physical battle for my freedom, your freedom, it seems endless. Yet, every single soldier…male, female, straight, gay, Christian, Muslim…their life is precious and their sacrifice priceless. I’m forever grateful. I’m not going to battle over their beliefs and strongholds but I will love them and appreciate them and share truth with them. Will you?
The urge lingers, my internal dialogue is loud and obnoxious, “But last night she…and then she….” It’s not worth it. I squelch the urge again…God is still on the throne, yesterday, today and forever. He is the author of peace. The political arena is ugly. Its never peaceful…never, never ever. Long ago I may have enjoyed the banter of politics but not anymore. I would rather walk in peace with my fellow man than argue a case that won’t change a dang thang! The loss of love and relationship isn’t worth it, to me. He has called beautiful people for “such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14). I’m thankful for warriors who carry the Word of God in their hearts and who have been called to the political battlefield. It is not for me, not my calling, not my gifting, not even my true heart’s desire. Such people do exist, Mary Miller is one of those warriors. I have known her all my life. I’m thankful for her. Do you support those called to leadership? Do you exercise your right to vote? https://www.marymillerforcongress.com/
Don’t hear me wrong! I often say, “If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.” I quote it to my kids. I want them to stand firm in the Word of Jesus and hold those values in high honor in their life. In my strong opinion, these are things worth shouting from the mountain tops and having coffee chats over. Its ironic, don’t you think, the quote’s earliest mention originated in a medical publication by Gordon Eadie in reference to war veterans fighting two battles, the war of arms and the war of ideas. https://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/02/18/stand-fall/
My heart’s cry, my “something” is to raise awareness of childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault and human sex trafficking. A war against evil forces preying upon our children. When I moved to Texas, the Lord had already laid this on my heart and introduced me to Unbound online. I was attending our new church home for several months before I learned it was the headquarters of Unbound! God works in mysterious ways! There are many warriors fighting this battle. I’m so thankful for their commitment to end abuse and protect our children. A few of my favorites: https://unboundbcs.org/ and https://www.ijm.org/ and https://www.thorn.org/
Ultimately God puts a deep desire in your heart, a calling on your life. A personal battle. We are all called to love one another, no one is exempt. Each person will have choices to make in how they stand and fight for their “something.” What’s yours? What’s your something? What’s your battle?
PS: That peace I long for, it only comes from Jesus.