Have you ever wondered, "What have I accomplished in my life? I do all the time. I wanted to be a physician and I turned out to be a salesman. I thought I would write a fiction book and instead, I write a blog for Christ. I wanted to be a great actress and light up Hollywood but I turned out to be a wife and a mom, both important jobs but as we all know, there are no lights!
Watching the Olympics and once again seeing Missy Franklin and other young athletes from around the world has me thinking about what it's like to have victory. We measure victory by a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal, or by how much money we have, the car we drive, or if we've been married for along time. We measure victory by everything worldly and nothing heavenly. What does God acknowledge as victory? Have you thought about that lately? Does He care what kind of car you drive or where you live? Is He more prone to bless one country over the other? Does He care if you are successful? All these are mighty questions and honestly, I don't have the full answers.
In my opinion, it comes down to just one thing, loving and knowing Him. When He called the men that would walk by Jesus's side, they were to lay their possessions down and follow Him. No questions asked. Many wanted to follow Him along the way, some wealthy, but they didn't want to lay their stuff down to be by His side. Sometimes I can relate. As a woman, I love my creature comforts. I like my house that resides in a safe neighborhood. I love that I can pay all my bills and don't have to worry about creditors. I love knowing that my children are fed and taken care of and it scares me to think that if I lost my job, all that would change. And yet, am I to depend on all those things or am I to depend on God to give me exactly what I need? The latter of course. And for the most part, I do. But every once in awhile, I wonder what it would be like to walk away from the responsibilities of the world and mark out on a journey of faith and spread the word.
I hope that someday, God will help me do just that. I hope that I will be able to travel the globe and speak about the God I love so much. I hope that when I look back on my life the victory will be for Jesus! Where are you? Contemplating the same thing? I hope so because we have a job to do and I don't care if you live in the US, the UK, Russia, Korea, or anywhere on this globe, we are one, working toward a Holy victory, will we win? Who knows? Jesus will though! And I guess for me, that's enough.
Like the great athletes of the world, we just have to put one foot in front of the other. In order to reach our goals, we must define what's important to us, train and get out there. We can't sit on the couch and hope that people are hearing the word. We have to spread it!
For all my followers, I'm praying that God is calling you to do more than what you did yesterday. Don't regret the past, move forward and find victory in Jesus. Every day, I sit down to write this blog and all I can think about is what woman will read it next, will it touch someone's life and am I doing the best for my Lord. It's silent, but in the silence, I know Christ is working, people are reading and hopefully, they are finding a greater faith in Jesus. I am, so I know you are. Go out and love someone today, there's always victory in that.
James 5:8 NKJV:
You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
Deuteronomy 20:4 NKJV:
for the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.
1 John 5:4 NKJV:
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world, and this is the victory that has overcome the world-
My prayer today:
O, Lord, with every hour I call upon You. We want to have victory in You. None of us are perfect, we are flawed, sinful, and human. You know us because You have counted every one of us. Your hand is on Your creation and we are part of that creation. Watch over us and help us be bolder for You. We want to be Your women, training to be part of Your vast army, being called and taking up the cross. I don't know how it will happen and who You will choose but give us the strength and courage to forge ahead on whatever path You place our feet. I am in awe of You. I love You and I worship You. You are the reason I get up every morning and without a doubt I claim, "YOU ARE LORD." We come before You asking You to continue to feed us and direct us. We love You with all of our hearts, our souls and our minds. Help the women of the world, walk out on faith and spread Your mighty word. Give us courage to raise up the next generation and give us patience to love the unlovable. In Jesus name, AMEN