By: Susan Bea Good
At times I’ve been accused of being “combative”…I really don’t like trouble…but I believe sometimes it’s unavoidable.
After thirty years of conflicts, instigated by destructive people…I’ve witnessed the power hungry halt surgical reparations for a badly burned boy… jealousy threaten start-up ministries…bullies attack the vulnerable…deceit used to raise funds…gossip destroy relationships and reputations…and criticism crush confidence.
When facing trouble, there’s a fine line between “head in the sand” and “head on.” Some conflicts last just minutes…others go on for years, and are hard to stay “in.” I’ll admit that at times now, I take steps to avoid butting heads. Lasting damage from gossip, jealousy, critics, and bullies are taking their toll.
The Apostle Paul encouraged all believers to be in the fight…never surrendering in the struggle to fully follow Christ. Combat requires strength, preparation, and commitment. It is easier to enter a battle than to stay on-point and finish the course.
I will not abandon the fight…combative as that may sound. I won’t stop following Jesus…I intend to finish…fighting!
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:7-8/ESV)
The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it!