Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Be Firm In Your Faith

“Do not let Hezekiah mislead you when he says, ‘The LORD will deliver us.’ Have the gods of any nations ever delivered their lands from the hand of the king of Assyria? Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim? Have they rescued Samaria from my hand? Who of all the gods of these countries have been able to save their lands from me? How then can the LORD deliver Jerusalem from my hand?”
But the people remained silent and said nothing in reply, because the king had commanded, “Do not answer him.” Isaiah 36:18-21

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 34-36; Colossians 2

Don’t let anyone steal your faith from you.

And by faith I really mean any kind of faith. Whether it is religious faith, spiritual faith, or faith in the possibility of realizing your dreams, you cannot let anyone take your faith from you.

There will always be people around you, observing the way that you live your life. Some of those people will be folks who look up to you and view you and a source of inspiration. Other folks will be people who have come before you. They will be mentors and encouragers who help you walk the path before you. And others will be peers. Some of them will be encouraged by you and will encourage you as you walk hand in and to a common destiny, but yet others will be haters who try to trip you at each and every step.

Regardless of whom these other people are, well meaning or not, no one knows your path but you. No one can truly understand what it is that you are trying to do and how it relates to your purpose like you can. It is time to be bold and stand firm for what you believe in.

During the Montgomery Bus boycott and the early years of the civil rights movement Martin Luther King Jr. had several jousting matches with his father, Martin Luther King Sr. His father loved his son and didn’t want to see him in harms way. When you add to this fact that MLK Jr. was 28 years old during the boycott it is that much easier to see why his father was concerned.

To the father the son was barely a man. He wanted to help him with the benefit of the knowledge and wisdom that comes from having more years on this earth.

But if MLK Jr. had always obeyed MLK Sr. we would not be where we are today as a society. He believed that the risks of violence, imprisonment and lost respect in the short term were going to be worth it in the long term for the struggle for everyone’s rights.

We all have dreams like Martin did. Don’t let anyone take them from you. If we are not living our lives on our own terms then whose life is it anyway?

1 comment:

  1. Hello Man of God, I can hear the FIRE raging in you. Like MLK, you have to be willing to do the unpopular things that will open doors for many. I can see you doing just that with your writing. I'm so excited for you.

    Many Blessings and "Multiple" doors opened to you.


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