Here, during Independence Day week, it’s time to take a step back to take an inner reflection of who we are and what we stand for. In God We Trust.
Today’s world champions entropy. Doing the things that keep with the draws of the world. Focusing our allegiance to bow to self, instead of focusing on the real prize – Heaven. Focusing on the coward’s way, what looks to be good for me, makes me feel good, rather than how I can make and leave this world a better place when I am done. By listening to the call of the sirens of the world, guiding us, beckoning us into waters hidden with rocks and perils, the world will lead us toward our unfortunate demise if we do not fix our gaze instead on Jesus’ path to salvation.
So, what do I stand for? Do I have the courage to set lofty and Godly goals and standards? Do I have the courage to openly live those goals and standards even in the face of the Devil and the world, that demonstrates its anger when something Jesus centric gets in their way?
Here is what I stand for and am prepared to go to battle for. The Lord is my shepherd. It is He that I set my gaze. I am nothing if I do not love. I love not as a physical felling, but as a true way of life. The highest form of love is to want and endeavor to guide to Heaven and the Lord’s salvation everyone I see and meet.
To love my fellow neighbor that much takes true courage and valor. Besides, my fellow neighbor may not want, understand or see salvation as a good thing. My neighbor may push back, even fight me to exercise his/her free will right not to be saved.
Now, the real test begins. Courage, valor. Do I have the courage to pull that soul out from the burning tank on the battlefield while the bullets from the world are whizzing past my ear?
That is what it is going to take to turn the tide in this world. Intentional disciples, willing to defend their pursuit of Heaven. Willing to embrace the heat of the battle, to reach out and drag souls to safety. And me also, willing to be dragged myself by another soldier of Christ to an even greater love of Jesus and love of my fellow neighbor. To open my eyes wider still to better gaze toward that glow of Heaven and Jesus’ outstretched arms, beckoning me to the safe and tranquil waters He guides me to.
The race is never won; the war is never over until I stand in front of Jesus on Judgement day. It is then that I will learn how courageously the war was fought. Will I hear those cherished words, “Well done my good and faithful servant”? Keep up the fight! The prize is at hand. Jesus’ kingdom is at hand. God Bless. Amen.
 Psalms 23:1
 1 Corinthians 13:2
 Matthew 25:21