If you want to make it through a difficult situation, you have a choice to make: turn and run, or face it and chase it down.
In the book of 2 Samuel, chapter 23, the Bible tells the story of a man by the name of Benaiah. On a snowy day, he chased his challenge, a lion, down into a pit and killed it. Benaiah could have fled the lion but he literally overcame his challenge.
To tell you the truth, I have learnt more by facing the “lions” in my life than from running.
I believe that doing our best to face up to situations that life presents with no escape plan, and no “out” is the boldest and most courageous decision any of us could make today.
Even when you have no idea of how you are going to face the future or what you should do next, if God is with you, He can give you what you lack. At the time of weakness or doubt, He can give you strength and wisdom.
You just need to decide, “Will I run away, will I lie down or will I face reality, and give it my best shot?”
So if you have ever felt like a lion is chasing you down, don’t ignore it, hide from it, or pretend it’s not there. Accept it, stand and face it.
Acceptance is the state of mind in which we find meaning from what we are facing.
For me, my lion is MND / ALS. I decided early on to face it and chase it down. There is only one option, no white flags, no retreating.
As I’ve said before “I may have MND, but MND won’t have me”.
I will not allow disease to destroy my soul or my spirit. I have decided that if I will die anyway, which we all will one day, then I may as well live fully to the best of my ability until that day.
What’s your lion today? Will you run from it or turn, face it, and chase it down?
Your lion could be an issue that you need to confront in your life, something you need to pick a fight with and change.
You see, sometimes the lion picks us and sometimes we pick the lion. Sometimes bad things happen to us and sometimes we need to choose to fight a battle instead of live with the status quo.
In either scenario, what we do in this moment, how we respond, and our attitude are all up to us and will ultimately make an impression on the next moments, months and years.
Be encouraged today that in our most challenging moments we can discover purpose. The lion wants to take from you but it can give as well. It can give you a reason to keep going and prove that life is worth the living. Anything worth living for is worth fighting for.
You can sit there and imagine a life without difficulty and without resistance but it’s nothing more than a fairy tale. Or you can face up to your challenge, and determine to live and thrive, lions and all.
Take courage today,
February 27, 2015 at 6:45 am
That’s great great and encouraging post, my friend. I’m not going to give either!
March 3, 2015 at 12:03 pm
Thanks Bill. You are one of the big hearted overcomers I know. I don’t expect you to give in and that motivates me as well.
February 27, 2015 at 8:19 am
What an encouraging message on my baby’s due date! Haha
March 3, 2015 at 12:03 pm
Looking forward to meeting this little baby soon.
February 27, 2015 at 11:25 am
Encouraged after a rough week. Thank you again Phil
March 3, 2015 at 12:05 pm
Sorry to hear you had a rough week. So glad it encouraged you. Life can be so tuff sometimes but He is with you.
February 27, 2015 at 12:09 pm
again Phil incerdible insight and persepctive. you are so generous with your life at a time when it would be easy to disappear. and pray for you & Lenore for ‘everyday’ in between the blogs – that there is graceand JOY in the midst.. thankyou again!
March 3, 2015 at 12:06 pm
Thanks Donna. We really do appreciate and are lifted by your prayers.
February 27, 2015 at 12:30 pm
This is awesome! Thanks for constantly taking up the pen Phil. I hear you are speaking at Hillsong Newcastle this weekend!! I am leading worship so don’t make me cry 🙂
Love you mate, Thank you.
March 3, 2015 at 12:07 pm
Love you to Geoff. It was a great day with you leading and me speaking, like old times.
February 27, 2015 at 6:29 pm
So much truth. So much honesty. Thank you for sharing your challenge with such strength
March 3, 2015 at 12:08 pm
Thank you for your encouragement and time to respond. Really means a lot.
February 28, 2015 at 12:16 am
You strengthened me. Thanks!
March 3, 2015 at 12:08 pm
Thanks Shaz. Stay strong.
March 1, 2015 at 3:30 pm
Thank you so much Phil for being so full of guts and determination and for leaving a legacy of inspiration. You are so right and this has certainly challenged me today. Absolutely.
March 3, 2015 at 12:10 pm
Thanks Jayne. Im given strength by people like yourself who read the blogs and find some hope and inspiration. Thanks heaps.
March 2, 2015 at 2:49 pm
You never cease to amaze me Phil Camden. Such inspirational wisdom. We are currently in the process of chasing down a lion in my daughters eating disorder and this just spurs me on. Love you and Lenore. Mark M-J
March 7, 2015 at 1:50 pm
Reblogged this on Shaz Jones and commented:
“Sometimes we need to choose to fight…” #LifeWithLions