“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity,
but of power, love, and self discipline.”
—2 Timothy 1:7
“Do not fear, for those who are with us are
more than those who are with them.”
—2 Kings 6:16
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This post is for the following people:
- Afraid, fearful
- Heavy hearted, dejected
- Those who grieve
- Quiet, gentle
- Those who thirst and hunger for integrity
- Compassionate, humane
- Picked on for honesty
It is appropriate that this is Veteran’s Day. While I’m not a veteran of the military, I am a veteran of abuse. Allow this veteran to address the latest 9/11, the last U.S. presidential election.
With the election finally in our rear-view mirror it is evident America has decided dysfunction rules the day. Dysfunction made me who I am: Stronger, more powerful, free and living well despite circumstances. Want a piece of that? Keep reading …
Here’s the thing: What evil meant for harm God meant for good.The Lion of the tribe of Judah has been unleashed within me. I intend to leverage this season of blatant dysfunction by giving voice to the marginalized and calling out stupid. No longer will I sit idly by and allow stupid to go unchecked.
Within the last year I’ve been called brash and harsh. Guess what? Those are gifts from God I intend to use and no longer suppress. He has not said to sit down and shut up, rather to stand up and speak up. Fasten your seatbelts. This is about to get real really fast.
My gift to the cause of eliminating abuse will be my very loud, very bold, very loving voice. To the hopeless, I remind you to cling to right living, honesty, authenticity, peace and joy. I intend to make a case for how to live and be free even if it feels as if you’re in prison.
What this election has taught me is education and faith are keys to sanity. I grew up abused but that is not who I am. I am a child of the Most High God. I am strong and powerful, full of grace and mercy because of Jesus.
People are talking about a social revolution when Jesus worked on a spiritual revolution. He didn’t show up to overthrow government. He came to overthrow our dysfunctional thinking and lifestyles so we could thrive in Him.
Social change is an inside job and rabid Christians conveniently have forgotten that detail. Jesus came to clean and decorate our spiritual houses so He could dwell with us. Instead, those who say they know Jesus are claiming victory. I see empowerment of evil.
The so-called Christian right, a whites-only club (blacks members are self deceived) whom have mounted their high horses are in for a big surprise when they fall. That’s right. It’s not a matter of “if” they fall but when. However, I’m not in this fight for the sake of harming people. The only blood bath worth the time of day is the one on the cross almost 2,000 years ago.
I will stand at the ready when their hopes and dreams come crashing down. When their principalities, rulers of darkness and hosts of wickedness come back and bite them in the butt. I will live to see a move of God in the land of the living and it will be for the poor in spirit,
• I, among the disenfranchised, will never give into a slave mentality.
• I will not allow others to dictate their brand of morality that includes hate,
division, abuse and disrespect.
• I will speak truth to power, I don’t care who it is. They are only men.
If God be for me, who can be against me?
• I will not allow anyone to be comfortable with racism, division, sexual
abuse/assault, rape, sexism or anything else that sows discord and disrespect.
• I will give a voice to the voiceless.
• I will empower the powerless.
• I will embrace compassion, understanding and authenticity.
• I will call out stupid: insensitive remarks, Bible thumping meant to
shame, manipulate others, etc.
• I will fear no evil for God is with me.
• My God is setting a table before me in the presence of my enemies, foreign and domestic.
• I will overcome and persevere.
• I will grow stronger.
• I will be more resilient, powerful and closer to God.
• I will live to serve so others can be free.
Let’s do this God’s way. Mourn this loss. Cry, wail, get a baseball bat and start whacking big tree trunks. Scream in your pillow. However, always remember: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you, pray for those who spitefully use you,” Luke 6:27-28. He also said, “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you,” Genesis 12:3. These promises are absolutely legit.
Relationship is where you need to begin
There’s only one way to weather this storm: Cultivate an actual relationship and dialogue with God. Sound crazy? Try this for 30 days in a row:
• Go for a walk alone.
• Talk aloud to God.
• Tell Him everything that is on and in your heart.
• Cussing at God is an option. HE can take it. Trust me: I’ve done it. I’m still here.
• Wait and LISTEN for His answer.
• You might think it’s your own inner voice but I’m here to tell you it’s Him.
• Trust that still, small voice is God.
• Let Him comfort you with His brand of love.
• Don’t be surprised if you get an image in your mind’s eye.
• It could be you sitting on His lap.
• Him pushing you on a swing.
• Maybe playing soccer, catch or whatever with you.
I frequently see myself on His lap, my head against his chest listening to his heartbeat and breathing. He hugs me and lets me sit for as long as I want. I feel safe, sound, whole and well.
Let Him love you through this. I’m just as scared as you. Let’s do this together.
If you are feeling like you don’t want to live, call 1-(800) 273-8255. Teens can call (800) TLC-TEEN or (800) 852-8336