Do not allow a chance to the enemy. Continue to fight until final victory ~ Luigi Longo
I have fought the good fight, I have finished
the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7 (New International
A few years ago, I had a conversation with a friend who commented
on the fact that he had not heard about the man who survived under a collapsed
building in Haiti for twenty-eight days. We both marveled at this man’s resolve
to stay alive. With nothing to eat or drink, trapped in darkness; day after day,
I wonder what his thoughts may have been. You see, it takes a strong will and
strong faith to live in total darkness with nothing to hold on to.
almost sure that his mind and the enemy were playing tricks on him. Imagine
nothing around you but death and debris. Nothing to hold onto but your faith;
would you have been able to make it? Could you live on nothing to nourish your
body but your faith?
In conjunction with his story, I also heard the
story of the Georgian Bobsledder who was killed at the winter Olympics. What I
found interesting about his story was that he went to the Olympics with no
illusions on winning; he just wanted to follow his dream and live his country’s
credo of “Fight Well.” Now both of these stories had very different outcomes,
but I believe they convey the same message.
There will be times in our
lives when we just want to give up. We don’t really believe that we can win this
fight called life. There are days when there is nothing but darkness and despair
all around us and there is no hope of us winning. What we learn from both of
these situations is this; Fight well; help may be on the way. No, you may not
have any illusions of winning but it has been ingrained in you to never give up
and to fight the good fight of faith.
My heart aches for both of these
men but I am full because of the joy that can also be found in their stories.
Neither man gave up and both may have believed that they couldn’t win. However,
what they both knew is that there is a power that is greater than us all; it is
called the “Power of Faith!”
All faith asks us to do is “Fight
Our Father which art in Heaven,
though the world seems dark and desolate, I fear not because I know You are with
me always. When the enemy seeks to destroy me, I will stand on my Faith. A faith
that has been bought with a price, the precious blood of the Lamb. Father, I
know that sometimes I become saddened by my situation and I fear that I cannot
win. I forget that as long as you walk through the Valley of Darkness with me, I
am never alone. Your rod and Your staff comfort me and give me the strength to
walk on though I often know not where the road may lead. There is so much
darkness and despair around us that sometimes we forget to look for the Light.
Help us always to remember that when darkness falls, You can and will light our
way if we just ask. Father God help us always to remember to guard our minds by
putting on the helmet of salvation. The helmet that will protect our thoughts
and our minds so that we can stay focused on You and the Word. Thank You Father,
for the Word which is the same, today, yesterday and forever more. Thank You
Lord for the Light of the world, Your Son Jesus Christ. It is in His name that
we submit this prayer. Amen.