Sometimes You Gotta' Roar
by Karen Anderson
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As a youngster I remember hearing that as a Christian I needed be more reserved and not stand out and cause trouble. As I have matured, I realized what a false thought this really is. Now my feelings are, “Trouble! Come on, because God and me are Ready…ROAR!” The other saying you may have heard is, “Well, you will just have to accept it.” WRONG! Acceptance doesn’t mean giving up and being a whimp; it means giving your all--hopes, dreams, sorrow, worries, and anything else you can think of to God. In the movie, “Chariots of Fire” they used a phrase when talking with Eric Liddell that they needed a muscular Christian in the Olympics. They were asking for someone that would stand firm and radiate God in the face of challenges and come out as God’s victor.
Here are some characteristics of the lion: …protective, brave, courageous, willing to fight if needed, hunter, group pride, and a loner. The characteristics that jump out at me are the brave and courageous, and being a loner. A loner doesn’t mean you shut yourself away from everyone. When situations arise do you choose to be brave vs. timid, courageous vs. cowardly? Remember in every situation in your life, God is there…just ask Him. God’s Word says, “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.” It can be very difficult to succeed with this, but if you believe that God can help you to achieve true contentment in your life, than you will.
I know I have not given you any personal story about being a lion but I really don’t have to. You know when you have shown to be that lion and when you have been the lamb. You can be content in your life and know, according to God’s Words, that you will be blessed from the inside out. But there are times when God wants you to ROAR, so baby roar “AND LET YOURSELF BE HEARD”.
PASSAGE: Matthew 5:5 & 8
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