Struggling: Choosing to Fight


*I wrote this recently in the midst of a real struggle in my own life. This is the 3rd post in a 6 post series entitled “Struggling”. My prayer is that you would be encouraged by my honesty and that God would use this series to help you in the midst of your own struggle, whatever that may be. To start with the first post in the series, click here. *

a choice

Today is a new day.

And, today I… you…WE have a choice to make.

We can choose to stay where we are at. We can choose to be defeated by whatever it is that we are struggling with.

We can choose to wallow in our own pity party, blaming ourselves, then blaming God, then blaming others. Because as much as this pity party stinks, sometimes it feels easier just to stay here.

We can throw our hands up in the air as if we have no control over our current circumstances, as if we have no choice at all. We can be defeated.

I know we can do this because many days now I have.

Many days I have allowed my world to be defined by my struggle. It becomes me. And, it will continue to do so, unless I make a different choice.

SO, today, I choose to fight.

I choose to fight step by step, breathe by breathe to get out of this place where I currently am.

With my fists flailing in the air, I will fight to be who God has called me to be. I will fight to overcome the struggles that consume me. Like a boxer in a ring I will look my struggle in the face today, acknowledging that it is a part of my day, but giving it no more credit than that.

And, if I am to throw my arms up helplessly in the air once more, it will only be in a surrender cry to my Savior because I realize that as I make this decision, He will fight with me, for me.

Today, and every day hereafter, I will make a conscious choice. Because I cannot afford to stay here in the midst of my pride, in the midst of my jealousy and discontentment, in the midst of my lack of faith, in the midst of the enemies lies. I must get out of here!

Today, I WILL fight.

Will you make the choice to fight today?

Ephesians 6:10-11 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”


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