Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Fight with Courage

Monday I shared on the Kyrie Coffee blog about starting with the ordinary. Check it out here.

People have referred to life as many different things. A journey, a process, a ride, a roller coaster, a course. So many different ways to try and adequately describe the ever-changing but constant thing we call life. It is full of so many different experiences that leave us with all kinds of impressions, which explains all of the different sentiments we are left with. Nevertheless, life is a journey. It is a process and a wild ride, often resembling that of a roller coaster. And it is definitely a course, one that we either pass or fail.

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny...
C.S. Lewis 

In life we often find ourselves in a battle. I dare say we may always be in a battle (I am not sure if that is the best way to describe it). What I mean by that is, there is always something we are, or at least we should be, fighting for. We may not be taking blows to the head, but we may be throwing some punches of our own. We fight for love. Loving relationships take work. If we aren't fighting for them we are working against them. We fight for our dreams. Making dreams a reality takes hard work, it takes a fight. We fight for our faith. There are many opponents who will cross punch us with doubt and discouragement. We have to stay in the ring and fight back with the truth, with our complete trust in God. We fight for a lot of things. And to even get in the ring prepared to fight takes guts.

Sadly, we discredit ourselves more than anyone else, and we need to stop that! You may not be putting up the best fight in life right now, but if you are in the fighting ring at all you clearly are brave. If you are not in the fighting ring I hope and pray you will find the courage to get in and to fight. You see, in life there is no neutral ground. If you aren't fighting for your life that doesn't mean the fight is not happening. Even if you are hiding in the dark the fight is on. If you are not in the ring it means you are losing the fight. When we don't fight for our life it is like taking a puzzle and dumping the pieces on the table hoping all of the pieces will fall into their appropriate place. It won't happen, friend.

Today I want to encourage you to fight with courage. Don't run from difficulty, fight it. As C.S. Lewis articulated, difficulty and hardships don't define you, they refine you. Face the hard things with courage. Fight for what is important with courage. If you feel like a fighter who is hiding in the corner of the ring, looking for someone to tag in and go a few rounds for you, have courage. Turn around and face the battle because it is yours for the winning. Have courage, because you are never in the ring alone. God is in your corner, He is by your side, He is fighting with you, and He will fight the battles you can't win on your own. You've got a champion on your side. 

Go get 'em fighter.

I shared this on Instagram this morning, but I wanted to share it with you all as well. Pray with me, will ya?

Today is a big day for someone close to me. Today my friend embarks on a new journey not knowing all that lies ahead. Today my friend puts her faith into action not knowing what will materialize as a result. Today my friend says goodbye to so many she loves without the guarantee of getting to say hello again. Today my friend chooses to trust God despite the unknown, but with the certainty that with Him she can walk on water. So proud of her devotion and complete abandonment to God's willing. She knows her life would never be as scary but as wonderful without Him. Please say a prayer as my friend, Rachel, is in the air today. Pray for her safety but also that God will continue to grant her courage throughout the day. (My friend Rachel) ‪#‎adventurewaiting‬

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