Don’t Run From the Fight


It can be so damned difficult to be meek and mild, kind and obedient. Some days throwing yourself on your sword to honor others seems right and just, and then there are the tired, burdened, worried, and overloaded days. Times when you resent that sword and its responsibility, when honor and loyalty seem too high a price to pay for those who don’t appreciate the sacrifice. Your ears don’t want to hear, your hands no longer wish to act, your service-oriented mind shuts down and instead screams, “Run! Run for the hills!” Because what are we told? What are we encouraged to believe in popular culture? They tell us:

You deserve a break today.

That’s a lie. We do not DESERVE anything. We have already been given so very much more than we deserve. We grow weary, see. We get tired of endless chatter, needs and duties. We wallow in self-pity and yearn for something better. Except we’ve already been given the thing that outshines anything ever and forever: salvation! And if we can remember to focus on that fact, we can get through any earthly hardship.

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. ~ Philippians 2:1-4; 14-16

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