Had to work late tonight & miss one of the most important days of the week to me–Tuesday night at the office. A night where we gather together with one vision & in one accord to declare freedom to the captives of the industrial age or the 45 yr. plan! Some may think this is a waste of time. You don’t know what you don’t know, right? They are the ones that have accepted the way of philosophy where we went to school, made good grades, got a secure job & worked for someone else’s dream. I, somehow, have always thought this was the most absurd thought anyone could ever hold over me. From a child I had “Dreams” of greatness. I would sit for hours & “dream” with my sister. I must admit, they were mostly about Donny Osmond, but….nevertheless….I never saw myself as “normal.” The town I grew up in had what I describe as “city limit mentality.” Generations lived & died in the same house. Some never left the state of Louisiana. Serious! Somehow God blessed me & I never developed that mentality. I have not only traveled out of the state of Louisiana, but many amazing places!
From the time I can remember, I said the same prayer every night while gazing toward the heavens. “God I thank you for who I was, who I am, & who I’m going to be.” Years I prayed this never knowing the power of this one prayer. How could I thank God for who I was? A simple country girl, baby of the family, who possessed the power of a dream? How could I thank God for who I am? A popular student in high school, who had the boldness & tenacity to stand up to any opposition? How could I thank God for who I was going to be? A statistic? Pregnant in high school, married, divorced, married, divorced & a single mom for now 17 yrs? Or….How could I thank God for who I was going to be? A successful entrepreneur who longs to give hope to millions? How could I? The same way I have lived daily! With the KNOWING of who I am, & whose I am. The person with an insatiable dream!
You may feel like you are simply going through the motion of every day life, but my friend, I have great news for you!!! Your life doesn’t have to be this way. You see, I made a choice at a very early age. My choice, unbeknown to me, was to never accept what I saw others do as a way I should live my life. I left a safe, secure, career to discover what God had for me. Was it scary? I have to admit, YES! It was in those times, I reached further for my Father’s hand & listened ever more intently to His guiding voice.
There are seeds of greatness in all of us. Seeds, that once watered, could be the inspiration to spread to someone less fortunate. Seeds, that once watered, could be like the mighty oak. Once a tiny acorn, now giving shade to generations of humans, animal life, & nutrients to an underground ecosystem existence we never see.
I felt drawn for some strange reason to watch an all time fav movie of mine. One I fought for years to accept, but now can quote it. Lord of the Ring, Return of the King. I won’t go into the detail of what this movie series means to me, but understand, I love it for the right reasons.
There are a few scenes that I inspires me every time I watch it. One is when the King of Rohan tells his warriors how to attack the “Elophants.” As he shouts, “Bring it down, bring it down, bring it down!” I can’t help but think of what enemies we face on a daily basis that can be brought down by our strategic attack. NOT a physical attack, but completely by the Spirit of the Living God. Then….my favorite part of the trilogy is when King Aragorn is addressing the troops at the Black Gate. His speech is so totally inspirational to me.
Here it is: “Hold your ground!” “I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends & break all bonds of fellowship, but it is NOT this day. An hour of wolves & shattered shields, when the Age of Men comes crashing down, but it is NOT this day.” This day we FIGHT!” By all you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you STAND….”
There is something so powerful about that speech. They are facing the last of the enemy, knowing they could very well be defeated. Until the very end, he, Aragorn the King, as a leader, empowers his people.
Of course, those that know the trilogy, knows Frodo Baggins & Samwise Gamgi destroys the ring. Let me ask you a question? What enemy are you facing that is just accepted? Hidden? Who are you bowing to that you have absolutely no reason to bow? Never bow to man, only bow the King of Kings!
The “King” has given you power over all the enemy. Again, bow to no one! All power & authority has been given to you, so STAND! Express total humility, extend a hand of hope & courage, & together…face the enemy.
Somehow, this part of the trilogy has an entirely different meaning. I have watched the eyes, the true attack, the victory! Fifteen months passed & to their friends & family they were merely neighbors. To the outside world, they were heroes. Sound familiar? If not….my friend, you are not in the battle for anyone. I can only feel sad for you now.
I walk daily with men & women who endeavor to make this their quest. I applaud them, encourage them & bid them…..STAND!!! Leaders who stand up, stare into the face of their Goliaths & declare, “NOT THIS DAY!”
“How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on, when in your heart you begin to understand, there is no going back?” I ask this question all the time. The answer? I have nowhere to go. I don’t EVER want to go back! Those years of staring into the heavens in prayerful thought forever changed the course of my life. Not only changed the course of my life, but challenge me daily to help others alter the course of theirs.
“When the going gets tough, the tough get going” or “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything” are all too familiar quotes. I know this may have seemed like a silly movie adventure, but…..it goes much deeper. There are people waiting for you to exercise bravery & courage. They are praying for an answer & the answer could be YOU!
Write your own story, illustrate it well, but don’t forget to include others in your journey.
“The last pages are left blank for you to write your own story.” What are you waiting on?
Enjoy the journey,