The Real Deal
The battle rages on. I know I have expressed a few times in the past that writing this blog has been a challenging exercise to say the least. Anytime you press into the calling God puts into your life you can expect resistance, obstacles and opposition but this is where we grow. At times this reality is greater than others but the objective of the enemy of this world is always the same, to obstruct, discourage and to cause us to give up. "I give up" has to be one of the enemy's favorite responses he hears from us as believers in Christ. In direct conflict to the enemy it is time to get back into the arena. I would rather be bloody and dirty than sitting on the sidelines. In sports I hated the sidelines, I always wanted to be in the game, even when I was tired. I knew I could get my wind between plays.
One of my favorite chapters in sports was when I was a junior and senior in high school playing hockey. During these 2 seasons we didn't have adequate depth in the defense position so instead of playing with the typical 6 man rotation, in this position, we played with 3 of us and rotated out 1 at a time. The 3 of us thrived by being able to play 2/3 of the game without rotating out on line changes. We were in the game and that's what mattered.
Question for you.........are you in the game or on the sidelines. If the answer is you are on the sidelines or in the process of walking of the field, stop, turn around and get back into the game. That is where you belong. It doesn't matter if you are tired, feel inadequate to answer the call, or discouraged, you/we are meant to be in the game.
Every place where discouragement has worn you down and your responses have been short or out of anger. Every place you feel inadequate for the task at hand or that the opposition is just too big for you. Everyplace where you feel if you get stretched further you might break, push through and stay in the fight. Men, "I give up" is not an option. Stay in the arena and fight the good fight. If you can relate to any of these comments I encourage you to stop, assess where you have given in to the opposition of the enemy and probably have taken out your frustration on those who are your closest allies and deserve it the least. Don't take these relationships for granted. Remember these are your allies in the ocean of opposition so double back and ask for forgiveness where you have been wrong, curse or rude.
Ephesians 6:12 reminds us "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places."
Who are the flesh and blood in your life you are wrestling against? Are these your greatest allies? Maybe it is time to reassess and change how you respond. I also, challenge you to learn from your mistakes and recognize that your allies are also fighting their own battles and need your unwavering support as well. This is where it is time to man up and hold the line. Easier said than done, I understand. Nonetheless God created us as men and intended for us to be leaders for our families so change is within are grasp. I love the following definition of change "different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone". Lets not leave each other alone to our own devises. Let's lift each other up and push us back into the fight.
1 Corinthians 16: 13-14 "Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love."
As brothers in the Lord we are called to lift one another up, to call each other out when we are veering into oncoming traffic and to encourage each other to continue to fight the good fight. Each time I share, I am doing so out great respect for each one of you who chose to follow Christ in this fallen world. We are like fish swimming against the current. At times it seems like the current is the only thing getting stronger but that just isn't true. Look to God's word for strength and listen for His voice that encourages all of us to stay in the arena. That is where we belong and I am proud to stand with you in this battle.