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Are you committed to becoming the best version of you? Making this commitment will positively transform everything in your life. In part one of this special message in our “Heroes and Underdogs” series, we examine the lives of two brothers who came from the same family — and how each made different choices that led to entirely different outcomes. The choices we make in life have tremendous power to influence what we experience. Don’t let anyone, including yourself, convince you otherwise!
Message #21 in our series, Heroes and Underdogs
Message #20 in our series, Heroes and Underdogs
AS PUBLISHED IN TOWNHALL.COM, February 8, 2019 — Socialism is Sick, Not Sexy. “A communist revolution is underway in America, disguised by the use of the word “socialism,” in the name of “fairness.” It threatens to do more to unravel the fabric of democracy than we can comprehend – because we have become a nation so unfamiliar with history that we are now poised to repeat it. It’s time to fight with fervor against communism as if your life depends upon it. It does.”
Our nation is on life support and needs your help. Don’t make the mistake of thinking complaining about a problem is the same as seeking to solve it. It may feel good to express angst, but if that’s all we do, our downward spiral will continue. America as we knew it will be over once and for all if people who love our Constitution do nothing more than complain about what’s happening. And what, exactly, is happening? Our nation is at war, and most of us are merely complaining. A growing number of Americans see socialism as sexy – because they are too uneducated to understand what it really is. Ignorance is not bliss, it has become the blight of our generation. It’s time we stop mistaking mere complaints as a noble attempt to resist the resistance to American democracy.
If we continue to ignore our freedoms, they will go away. This is precisely what Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the radical wing of the Democratic Party crave. They will succeed – if we let them. We mustn’t.
Our republic is ruled by a Constitution that matters as much now as it did when it was conceived – but do we believe this enough to stand and deliver while it is being mocked, mangled, and murdered?
There is no perfect form of government on earth, but our Constitution set us on a course to perpetually pursue “a more perfect union” more than any other on the planet. Let’s continue the pursuit while coloring within the lines drawn by our Constitution and the sketch of a democratic republic it protects.
How do you move forward when you’re running out of steam? The Apostle Paul’s dedication, expressed to his understudy, Timothy, is both perplexing and empowering — because Paul faced more difficulty and opposition than we can comprehend. If he faced it, and endured, we can, too, if we embrace his not-so-secret secret of success.
The man who faced an insane amount of hardship could not be stopped. “For I am already being poured out like a drink offering,” he wrote, “and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award me on that day —and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:6-8, NIV)
Take a look at a mere summary of Paul’s hardships in 2 Corinthians 11:16-30:
“Let no one take me for a fool . . . Whatever anyone else dares to boast about — I am speaking as a fool — I also dare to boast about. Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they Abraham’s descendants? So am I. Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn? If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.”
Like the Corinthians, we might mistake Paul for a fool — but that’s what everyone who is not sold out to Christ thinks of those who are. Paul was unstoppable because he kept his eyes on Jesus, who he was in Him, and what He called him to do. That’s how he could fall forward after so many “setbacks.” His setbacks merely laid the brick and mortar for his comebacks – and a legacy we admire ages later. Paul fought the fight, finished the race and kept the faith. The same can be true for you.
An apostle, a prophet, priest, pastor or missionary you may not be. But you may be a parent, a son, daughter, business person, student, employee, or retiree. Don’t let a title trick you. Your title is not nearly as important as your task — and you must make sure you don’t swerve from it. Your task is to pour yourself out – in Jesus and for Him – wherever you are, throughout your lifetime.
In Jesus you have a bottomless reservoir of resilience – if you ask for it. Paul drew from His waters – and found the secret Source to keep giving. If you drink from the same Well, you will, too.
Following God, truly following Him, is a battle. But it’s the right battle, a good battle. God didn’t call you to run a sprint. He called you to run a marathon. Keep your heart, mind, strength and soul on Him and your pace will be preserved. He would not call you to pour out what He would not supply. You have your supply in Jesus.