As I did my morning walk at the Mall today, I took notice of all the merchants who were setting up for their daily business behind the locked metal gates and mesh screens. And a truth hit me! They are so brave and courageous!
My thoughts had just so happened to be on the events that have happened over the last couple months: Las Vegas, New York, Denver, and a simple church in Texas. We hear of mall shootings, church shootings, school shootings, and the list is endless. Yet, somehow, we as people still have the courage to not let these things stop us from living life!
“God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (I Timothy 1:7)
We are born with distinct coding in our DNA. We can gloss over the fact we have certain traits or bents. We can deny it. We can fight against it, even with some success. But it doesn’t change the fact that the coding is still there.
We are created in God’s image. Period! We have the spiritual DNA of faith. We can gloss over it, deny it, and even fight against it, but it doesn’t change the fact that God’s coding is still in us. It is prevalent everywhere we turn as we see people still moving forward with courage regardless of the adverse and painful events that hit our lives.
Getting up in the morning…. Takes courage.
Going to work and school… Takes courage.
Seeing a therapist or counselor… Takes courage.
Taking care of our families when we may be battling a health problem… Takes courage.
Attending a sports event regardless of past bombings… Takes courage.
Playing in a sports event regardless of past crippling sports injuries… Takes courage.
Paying of a debt…. Takes courage.
Going to the grocery store regardless of past robberies and shootings… Takes courage.
Driving a vehicle regardless of past deadly car accidents… Takes courage.
Saying hi to a stranger… Takes courage.
And the list continues……
The words from the chorus of a recent Skillet song have sunk so deep into my spirit… “If we’re gonna fly, we fly like eagles
Arms out wide.
If we’re gonna fear, we fear no evil
We will rise.
By your power, we will go
By your spirits, we are bold
If we’re gonna stand, we stand as giants
If we’re gonna walk, we walk as lions
We walk as lions.
And how does a lion walk? Always aware and always ready, but not afraid. We still take precautions…. But not in fear.
Next time you feel fear, remember your Godly wiring.
The devil may think he has won a battle, and my heart aches for those precious people whose flames were snuffed out way too prematurely. But, good still somehow surfaces through it all… and ultimately, God already won the war a long time ago.
I love Jesus. I think my two daughters can change the world. I think you can too.
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