Joshua 1:9 - 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."
Two weeks ago I decided to join Karate classes with RJ. The main reason I decided to get him into this type of training/classes was to help him understand that life may get tough, and he’ll need to do something about it. I decided to get in the classes with him to show him also that I’ll be next to him, side by side as long as God allows me, to face the challenges together.
We are learning how to defend ourselves from attacks, but also how to attack when it is needed. Life indeed has a similar dynamic, we need to learn how to defend ourselves from attacks but also how to go out and conquer the blessings that God has poured out in front of us.
I’m having the time of my life by sharing these classes with my son (as you can imagine, he is hilarious), and I’m growing in confidence that he will be alright. The training is not easy, sore muscles, blood and bruises, and even broken muscles that may need to happen in order for us to achieve the “black belt” level, but it is achievable.
In the same way, I can imagine God desiring and craving to have a wonderful time with us as we share our lives with Him. Life will not always be easy, but those challenges are shaping us in order to achieve the “holiness” that is expected, and that is achievable.
It is my prayer that RJ can be totally confident that he shall not fear life and its attacks, and not because he knows karate, but because God is with him and that HE is his most powerful weapon. I’m also hoping you can develop the same faith!
Dear God, thank you not only because you protect us as we live and enjoy the life that you have placed before us, but also because you enable us to embrace the blessings that are truly out there for us.