This past week Rob Wegner had a fantastic message from our Soulflix: Finding God at the Movies series. A few highlights to take with you*:
(*really more of what I took away with me. Your results can vary).
Robin Hood tells a classic tale that has been shared, retold, and romanticized in the movies and literature for 700 years. In short, it boils down to an epic GOOD vs. EVIL battle. Everyone loves the good guys winning, of course. This is a big reason for the staying power of the tale of Robin Hood.
In most places in the Bible, you can just about open your Bible and finger point to some sort of a store that is telling the same kind of tale. Arguably the biggest story of Good triumphing over evil (lower case... evil does not deserve a capital E...) is found in 1 Samuel 17, with the story of David triumphing over Goliath.
In that battle, "David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him".
So.. what battle line are YOU running towards?
Picking and choosing ones battles in life is never easy. Often we lose sights of the real injustices in this world, and take up fighting battles that don't have the same level of importance in a bigger context: arguing with the spouse on what to make for dinner, when others in our cities may be eating once a week. Honking at the jerk who cuts you off in traffic, and exchanging words as you drive down the street, just to ignore the woman who ran out of gas and is stranded needing a push out of the way, or a use of your cell phone to call for help.
Admittedly, its far easier to get caught up fighting smaller battles than taking up the bigger fight causes.
As Rob said, "until you understand that war is the context of our times, you will misunderstand life". Ouch.
As a result, the two most important days of your life are the day you are born, and the day that you finally understand why.
So I ask you, what is our purpose? What is worth fighting for? Homeless vets? Hungry Children? Disease?
On a smaller and personal scale, is it the friend who is self destructing while you ignore their calls? The hurting marriage of your best friends who need to know that someone still loves both of them because they dont feel love for each other anymore? The child you see coming in that you suspect something isn't right at home, but they don't have their own voice?
We need to identify our own Giants. We need to know what our Sling is.
How can we position our jobs, our life seasons and experiences, our skills into using them as something to fight these Giants? How can we use OUR good to fight the evil that is around us?
Let us have vision to see, the strength to fight, and the wisdom to recognize the fights around us that we are called upon to battle.
So.... what's your fight?