Winter season greetings to you all. My heart is glad knowing that my monthly articles I blast out are making an impact and giving spiritual food to several hungry souls. This morning I woke up to a vast white blanket of snow that covered the mountains and the valleys of my home city in Kelowna. As I went throughout my day my spirit was quickened and nudged by my spirit guide “Jahweh” to unravel from the scroll of my soul the living words I have had brewing inside me. So let’s get to it! It’s time to let the ink out of it’s treasury jar and hopefully make an impact on your spirit today.
Once More Into the Fray
Whether it is in the boxing ring, in the harsh conditions of the wilderness fighting the elements or daring to get up again when life has knocked you down there is a familiar anthem that the courageous heart sings that refuses to die. What I am describing here is the saying “once more into the fray” a term in which actor Liam Neeson uses in the movie “The Grey”. Through a heart wrenching journey in the wilderness battling to survive the elements, the star of the film comes to a climatic point in the final scenes of the film. Neeson has been fighting an uphill battle the entire movie from the very beginning starting with surviving a plane crash, to evading ferocious wolves, pushing through rivers, mountains, storms and starvation to find a way back home.
Although it is but a Hollywood illustration of a fictional character’s journey through controversy, challenges and trials it is very metaphoric in nature. Each of us in our own individual journeys have had pinnacle moments, high mountain top experiences in which we feel like we are on top of the world and nothing can discourage us. However our piligrimmage to the mountaintop of success must pass through the valleys of difficulty first. The reality is that every single human being on the planet has had, will have and will continue to have difficulties until the ending of time. To put it plainly there can be no shortcuts in life when it comes to fulfilling our purpose in which we were born into this earth.
So here is an interesting question for us to mediate on…
What drives us to go back into the fray?
For Actor Liam Neeson it was his wife, and also of a father and son sitting on a couch together. Neeson had a flashback of the generational line as well as the love of his life. With what was most important to him in his front mirror his purpose for heading back into the fray in “The Grey” was summed up in this statement. “Into the last good fight I will ever know. Live and die on this day. Live and die on this day.”
In other words he had found something he was willing to fight tooth and claw for, a tenacity, an aggressive passion for life that was so powerful it drove him towards his challenges not away from them. It is this forcefield, whirlwind, a tsunami like passion, zeal and love for life that I want to attempt to describe to you. Ladies & gentlemen I am speaking on a bond and connection that is stronger than the closest friendship, runs deeper than family blood and far surpasses sexual passion. This ferocious, wild and untamed entity is called “belief”. Being driven by belief will launch you into realms of possibility into other dimensions that this world will never be able to grant to you.
In eastern history there is a book called Chronicles that was written and authored thousands of years ago on the spiritual journey of a Hebraic culture. Long before The Chronicles of Narnia were ever written were a set of books called 1st and 2nd Chronicles. In this action packed book full of adventures and heroic feats we are going to look at this specific passage that describes some of the mighty exploits of Benaiah.
1 Chronicles 11:22
“Benaiah son of Jehoiada was a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, who performed great exploits. He struck down two of Moab’s best men. He also went down into a pit on as snowy day and killed a lion.”
The first little while of reading this account I was tracking pretty much the whole way. But then I came to the end and began to ask myself this question as to why Benaiah would make his way down int a pit on a snowy day nontheless to finish off a lion? Why not leave the lion there to freeze it’s tail off and move on?
When I think of the solution to these questions I think of commitment. Benaiah was commited with a ferocious zeal, an appetite for perseverance, a desire to tackle the largest giant-like problems in the land. No matter what the terrain, even with the setting and the location against him Benaiah rose to the occasion and conquered through being seized by the vicelike grip of the entity called “belief”. Belief in rising up to live another day, belief in defending his homeland and family, belief in his purpose and why he was created, belief in a “higher power” outside of human comprehension.
Another true tale in the memoirs of eastern history comes from the Hebraic people again. This time the setting is in ancient Babylon during the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar. We come into this story at the point where the King erects a tall golden image as a god for all of his subjects to bow down to. However three of his officials, three friends bound together in loyalty, brotherhood and by belief in a higher power, an ultimate architect refuse to comply with his command. In a rage the King orders them to be thrown into a blazing furnace. The three friends Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are thrown into the blazing furnace bound together. What happens next is extraordinary beyond belief, in another terrain, a playing field of the miraculous.
“…Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods!”
Whether through fire, controversy, trial or challenges “belief” is the driving force that wins the day and pushes one onward and through. I want to ask you dear reader and friend a question…
What do you believe in that makes you want to live one more day?
What do you believe in that is outside of human possibility that connects you to another realm of “belief”?
Who Is Going to Take The Next Inch in Life?
To use another movie analogy let us look at part of Al Pacino’s speech in “Any Given Sunday” to his football team. “In any fight it’s the guy who’s willing to die who is going to win that inch. I know that if I am going to have any life anymore it’s because I am still willing to live and die for that inch.”
Every single day we are faced with inches all around us, terrains of difficulty and obstacles face us but the questions stands as to what is the power, the “believing” positive energy force that will drive us through any circumstance in order to reach the prize of life?
The prize is ultimate fulfillment and confirmation as to why we are alive, what our purpose is and how we can be good stewards of this world before we graduate on to the next one. Approaching every day as if it were our last, being willing to live and die is what will qualify us to win the inches we are looking for in advancing in our own personal destiny in this life. For you, maybe that looks like asking yourself the question.
Who is the 4th being in my fiery trials?
Where do the ideas come from that would make me leap into my own personal in harsh conditions to slay that lion in my life?
Once more into the fray…
Into the last good fight I’ll ever know…
Live and die on this day…
Live and die on this day…
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