Don’t be discouraged
“Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.” — Philippians 2:14-15 (KJV)
By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.
Even when it seems as though you are doing the right thing for everybody, there are those who are there to remind you that whatever you do, it’s not enough.
You could be working on a cure for cancer and there will be those who tell you not to make it available for the poor people.
While exploring the vastness of outer space in search of new fuel, there are those that have imprisoned themselves by selfish desires who will tell you of the mystical creatures that would be devastated by your exploration.
All too often we allow our actions to be dictated by others’ perceptions when we extend ourselves to lend a helping hand. A helping hand used to address the need of those who are caught in the quagmire of bureaucracy. Giving a hand to them that are used as doormats to brush the dirt from the feet of those that claim to know what is best for them.
It is as if the world wants to keep some down and dirty while others are held in esteem by some perverted standards.
Nevertheless, we continue to forge on, a little beaten and bruised, wearing the scars proudly as badges of courage. Finding the strength and not realizing where it comes from until it’s done.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9, KJV)
When we are in the heat of the fray there is no time to reconsider, readjust or rethink; we only have time to remember. Remember those promises that were made by God like, “He’ll never leave nor forsake you”.
“And David said to Solomon his son, ‘Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD’.”
(1 Chronicles 28:20, KJV)
When we take a stand to speak truth to power, to stand on the side of right and not on the side of popularity, we become like magnets attracting shards of metal.
One can become easily discouraged when speaking truth to power or perceived power when the grounds of contention are not in their favor; but right is right and wrong is wrong.
Where is the common ground for equality, and justice for all?
We who have been in the struggle know how it feels to be at midnight, “’cause strange things happen at midnight.”
“Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.”
(Deuteronomy 31:6, The Message)
WHEN GOD IS FOR US, WHO CAN BE AGAINST US?