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We fight for everything these days… We fight for a better job, to make more money, to pay the bills and our college loans; we even fight for the parking spot someone else swooped in and took. We fight a lot. But there are different battles—necessary battles—that many sadly forget to fight. They are the fight for our loved ones, our spouses, our kids and our friends. They are the fight for what is right and what is honest. The fight for our own life and purpose. Why do we forget to fight for these important things? Is it because we are too tired and the trials of life seem too hard? Is it because we fight over and over again without seeing results? Are we just so exhausted that we can’t see the positive anymore? Are we giving up on ourselves because we feel like a failure? Many say, “Give me a reason to continue this fight.”
In any good fight there will be moments of doubt, and many will feel that continuing is just pointless. This is where the significance of your power source kicks in. Is it you or is it God?
It’s time to stop doubting and stop fighting with your own strength and power, and begin to fight instead in prayer, leaning on the power and wisdom of God. The exhaustion you once felt will fade away, because praying is an act of faith and trust and it ignites a mighty inner strength. It is an act of confidently knowing God is fighting for you and next to you!
What if you are fighting for someone you love? You can’t force someone else to walk the right path, or to accept or give forgiveness. If it is a healthy relationship, not a toxic one, why is it so important to fight for them? We, as the creation of our Lord and Savior, are made to be like Him—selfless, always loving, always forgiving, always listening, ALWAYS FIGHTING. We represent Him by the way we act and love. In some situations, people just need to know that you care. In other situations, things are completely out of your hands, and that’s ok, because of the power of prayer. Pray for discernment to know when to speak and when to step back. You are not fighting for someone just so you can feel complete and good, you’re fighting for that person to find purpose, to find themselves and ultimately to find Jesus.
Don’t stop fighting for your son’s life when he ignores you and does whatever he wants. Don’t be discouraged when your daughter is not talking to you. Don’t quit when your spouse seems to always be against you. Don’t believe that there is nothing to fight for! If you let God take over, the price you paid to restore your relationships will be well worth it.
If you feel you can’t fight for your own life, close yourself in a room and start praying and reading the Bible. You are worth so much more than you think! The weight of the world can be so heavy and we can feel so disconnected at times. If this inner fight surfaces in your mind, don’t surrender! You are so deeply loved by God that it cannot fully be explained. Lay every thought and every worry at the feet of Jesus, and allow Him to fill you with strength and peace.
We are made for relationships, for community, for friendship. We all struggle and we all make mistakes. But what would happen if we lived a life of grace and love for one another? What would happen if we tried harder to fight for each other, for ourselves and for Christ?
“Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay. God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.”
1 Peter 4:8-10
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