Miles walked: 565
Miles remaining: 435
Days remaining: 144
I’ve come to accept that some days, no matter how hard you try or what you do, you are going to be under attack. Whether it’s your job, kids, spouse, ex-spouse, traffic, pets, or even the guy at Taco Bell that no matter how many times you tell him that you want extra sauce – he still doesn’t give you any! There are going to be things attacking your body, mind, spirit, and tacos every day.
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. ~ 1 Peter 5:8
My latest attack involves my walk… shocker! I’ve had numerous attacks on this walk since starting it and they have come in every form. Body, mind, and spirit. The physical attacks seem to have slowed down because I have repeatedly committed myself to this walk and nothing short of losing a leg is going to stop me from walking it. My spirit has taken a hit or two along the miles but the spirit living in me is more than strong enough to handle those battles for me, as long as I remember to let go and let God do His thing. You’re going to love the latest attack.. I guess I would classify it as an attack on my mind, maybe.
Here goes.. I’ve mentioned the route that I walk. It’s the same 4 streets every morning, looping around a few times adding up to almost 3 1/2 miles. I leave at 6am so it’s still a little dark out when I start my walk. My neighborhood has pretty good lighting, but if there are rocks or sticks or other objects along the side of the road, I may not notice it until I’m right on top of it. The newest objects in my path is dog poo. Yes, dog poo. I don’t do dog poo.
<Stop laughing at me!>
Seriously. Last week I noticed something in my path but it was too dark to identify, so I stepped over/around it. Later, on another loop when it was lighter outside, I could tell that it was poo. The next day, more poo on a different street. The next… more. Now there is poo on every street and some have it in more than one place! How ridiculous is this?! Dog poo is one of the few things that turns my stomach and would send me on my way home, cutting my walk short, and probably throwing my favorite walking shoes away because I wouldn’t be able to clean it off of them. That’s one nasty attack! I feel my nose wrinkling up just thinking about it, YUCK!
Did you really think I was going to spend +/- 1000 words talking about dog poo? c’mon… I do consider it an attack but I can’t talk about it for that long. Since you’re walking this walk with me, I felt that I had to share but I have more attacks to tackle, so let’s get past the poo.
Recently, my daughter posted something on Facebook that was politically rude. It was a jab at our country’s leader and while I won’t go into whether I agree or disagree with it, it could be taken as a rude statement. Shortly after she posted it, a friend of ours commented on it by saying, “That’s not a very Christian thing to say”.
Wait.. Do you smell that? That’s the “Did you just attack my daughter’s Christian values for saying something rude?” fire that started burning in this momma’s brain. Ok, she’s 15 – so sue her for being rude, because I promise it won’t be the last time. She’s also human.. yes, call me crazy, but Christians are actually human. I know it may be hard to believe because many people who title themselves as “non-Christians”, have apparently put “Christians” up on this invisible pedestal and are shocked when we do or say something that doesn’t reflect the actions of our Savior. It’s called sinning. As shameful as it is, we all do it.. even Christians.
I’m sorry.. I’ll try and turn my sarcasm down a bit. I apologize, but I get a little riled up when I feel my teenage daughter’s values being attacked… by a friend, and I also hate that invisible pedestal.
I know the bible tells us that we will be persecuted for being Christians. I just didn’t know that a grown man would call out my teenage daughter because she has a different political preference than his. I understand that he’s not a Christian and I don’t push my beliefs on him. I honestly don’t even know what his beliefs are as a Buddhist, but I think they are supposed to be nice! I also know that I need to encourage my daughter more than ever to continue following Christ and never let what another person says affect her relationship with Him.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
If you’re anything like me, you may not be able to get enough of the word of God. Over the last couple of years, I just can’t get my fill. Coincidentally, over the last couple of years I have also had more people challenge my faith and beliefs than I have over my entire life. Coincidence?
Yeah, I don’t believe in coincidences either. I can’t get enough of it because it’s my weapon against these attacks. God has armed us with everything we need to conquer. We just have to dive in, put it on, and pour it out. He’s got our back and there’s no one else that I’d rather have in my corner.
Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good. ~ Romans 12:21