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For when your bleeding on ground…

We were knee deep in discussion about faith (in God) in my home group yesterday and the question came up about who we could help in shoring up their faith (in God).  The usual comments about how we need each other came up (being challenged by others, needing support, and etc).  And I blurted out the idea that when we have other people in our lives, they can help to cover us in battle while we are down on the ground bleeding.  Those times will come, you know.  You WILL be down on the ground bleeding occasionally.  It’s just part of life.

Ready for the coming battle…

Imagine yourself out on the battlefield of life.  You’ve trained all your life for this.  In your mind, you are strong and brave and ready for a fight.  Then, out of nowhere, a strong and huge beast attacks from behind and  you are down.  You didn’t expect this.  Being attacked from behind seems unfair.  And, now,  you can’t do anything about it.  Now imagine, that you are alone.  You can’t fight back  because you severely injured.  The beast has every opportunity to devour you.  And he does.  Because he can.

This where having friends really comes in handy.

Now re-imagine the same scenario, only this time you have a fellow warrior by your side.  The beast attacks and you are down, bleeding on the ground.  Your friend takes notice and comes to your aid.  Like any good warrior, he/she knows just the right amount of field medicine to stop the bleeding and bandage the wound.  Your friend also has his/her weapon.  He/she can fight back against the beast and protect  you while you recover from  your wound.  Your friend has your back.  The beast can’t have you for lunch, because your friend says, “No!”  Your friend can beat back the beast because he/she has a sword and your best interest at heart.  This gives you the chance to recover and get back up to fight another day.

So, what does this look like in a practical sense?

  • Your fellow warrior/friend is someone you trust because you’ve spent enough time together to really know their character.
  • You can call them up at anytime and tell them your struggles.
  • They will bring you coffee, or take to Starbucks (or another coffee joint of your choice).
  • They will bring you dinner and a movie.
  • They will give  you the box of tissues if you need it.
  • They won’t hate you for being stupid.
  • They will encourage you to keep trying, even when it’s hard.
  • They will tell you to stop being so silly (or stupid, or dumb, or whatever).
  • They will pray for you.
  • Can  you think of other things your friends do for you?

In short, you need friends. And, so do I.  We need each other on our word to a better life.  How else will we take that hill?

Go on.  Get out there.  Find some friends!

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So tell me,  got any friends that got your back?

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Emotional couch potatoes don’t get much done.

Did you know that?  Did  you know you are the master of your psyche, your internal universe, not it’s slave?  Is that a brand-new thought for you?  Well, that’s okay.  Go on and read awhile and let the sun rise on this brand new seed I am planting in your garden of thoughts.

I thought I would address what I mean by “be an overcomer”.  First, let’s define “to overcome“.  According to the New American Oxford Dictionary the definition is:

overcome |ˌōvərˈkəm|verb ( past -came; past part. -come) [ trans. ]succeed in dealing with (a problem or difficulty) : she worked hard to overcome her paralyzing shyness.

  • defeat (an opponent); prevail : without firing a shot they overcame the guards | [ intrans. ] we shall overcome.
  •  (usu. be overcome) (of an emotion) overpower or overwhelm : she was obviously overcome withexcitement.

ORIGIN Old English ofercuman (see over- , come ).

The New Testament Greek word for overcome is Nikao, which means:

  • to conquer
  • to carry off the victory, come off victorious
  • of Christ, victorious over all His foe
  • of Christians, that hold fast their faith even unto death against the power of their foes, and temptations and persecutions
  • when one is arraigned or goes to law, to win the case, maintain one’s cause

“Overcomer” is not an actual word.  But, if you go with it, it means to be a person that overcomes.  A conqueror, a warrior, a fighter, a mountain climber.  I think  you get the point.

Yesterday, I talked about the idea that you can change something in your emotions and your way of thinking if you want to.  Overcoming, or conquering, something requires a couple of key elements.  First,  you have to recognize that there is a problem to start with.  Second, you have to WANT to overcome that problem.  These two things go hand in hand.  These two elements are linked inextricably together. If  you recognize the problem, but don’t want to change, you, well, won’t change.  If  you want to change, but don’t recognize the problem you might as well be climbing up a mountain blindfolded.

Another crucial part of this process is to recognize that you have to be an active participant in overcoming.  There is no such thing as passively overcoming a  problem.  You can’t “wait it out”.  All the wishes in the world won’t make a problem “magically” disappear.  Warriors don’t win wars by sitting on their couches and complaining about their enemy.  Or by fooling themselves into believing there is no enemy.  They see their enemy, they envision the battle and their role in the battle.  They get to know their enemy’s ways.  They train.  They prepare.  They get out there and fight back.  That requires belief in the idea that you are an active participant in your psyche.  You are the master, not the slave.

You have to fight to win.

Let me repeat that, YOU HAVE TO FIGHT TO WIN!

Say this out loud to yourself, “I have to fight to win!”

Say it again, only louder.

And again.

And again.

Is it starting to sink in?

Good.

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So tell me, are you ready to pick up your sword?