Unleash Your Inner Warrior
"Humility comes before honor."
My dear warriors,
Recently I met someone who has shown himself to be the embodiment of a warrior. I have been astonished by his humility, meekness and strength of character as I have gotten to know him. If you read the collect of the day yesterday, the reading was out of Luke 14. There we find the Parable of the Wedding Feast. In order to effectively rise up a warrior, you must have a revelation of humility, which is illustrated beautifully in this parable and demonstrated wonderfully by the way this man lives that parable out each day.
"Christians can trust God to redeem even the greatest of tragedies and most desperate of situations."
My dearest warrior,
I love finding out more about God’s nature. I love finding out more of who He is and what He is like. I love discovering who He is for me. One of the most incredible discoveries is that my whole life is His. Every aspect, every part of my life belongs to Him. That seems like a really obvious statement, however, I have found that though this is something we may think we understand, usually we don’t have the faintest understanding of what this really means. The reality is far more beautiful than you probably have begun to realize.
No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.
My dear warrior,
There are a few specific topics that are on my mind for this particular series, calling you to rise up a warrior. There is almost nothing I love more in this world than to sit down and to write all that God puts on my heart. But just thinking about these topics left me feeling almost paralyzed. This series I began in the arena is so important, but it is that same arena that had me feeling scared of writing these blogs. It was not only the arena itself, but the critics shouting and jeering from the stands. After writing yesterday’s blog, I feel a sense of relief knowing that my silent spectators rooting for me are among the crowd, and to simply have gotten this series started. Today it is time to address the critics.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming...”
My dear warrior,
There are times in our lives when it feels like no one is rooting for us to win, and everyone is looking for us to fail. It seems like no one is for you and everyone is against you. Sometimes you wonder if anyone out there has thought about cheering you on, or if anyone is on your side. You feel alone, completely abandoned, like there is not one sympathetic soul out there rooting for you. I have learned that oftentimes, while those who are against us are the loudest, there are silent spectators watching us, waiting for us to step into our identity. These are the ones who are for us, who are quietly rooting for us, praying for us, and cheering for us. They are sitting by, waiting to see what we will do, staying out of our way because they want to see us succeed. They are watching from the sidelines because they know the decisions we have to make must be our own. They know the victory has to be ours.
About the Author
Michèle is a warrior with a passion for God, a deep love of writing, and a fire for combat training. As a warrior, she understands that when she is given orders, she must follow through.