Warriors come in all shapes and sizes.
Warriors come in all forms of personality and gender and race and socioeconomic statuses.
But today I want to talk about the warriors that are unseen.
All too often we see strength as the loudest voice, the strongest personality, the puffed chest. But when Jesus came to earth He showed us an entirely different kind of strength.
The kind of strength that is less concerned about potential, and more concerned about mission. Jesus never lived up to his potential, rather he humbled himself and fulfilled his mission.
And thank God he did.
Mother Teresa said, “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.”
In other words, it’s not programs and buildings that need our attention. It’s people. If we don’t have the time for each other, we’re missing the whole point.
Programs and buildings may bring recognition. The world’s view of success is tempting. It’s validating. It quenches the ache in me that says “I’m only as worthy as they say I am.”
But if I’m living by the praise of man, then I’ll also fall by his criticism.
It hit me hard when I realized I would rather prove myself worthy than have to receive my worth from God. 😳
I take a look around me, at powerful and influential people who the world may never know their names. People who are generating disciples and changing lives because they’re not climbing ladders but believing in themselves enough to stoop low and love well.
I want to be more like them. I want to be more like Jesus.
So pause for just a moment. Forget about your potential.
What’s your mission?
“If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.” – Philippians 2:3-4 (MSG)
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