Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Stand


updated to add pictures
I promised a while back that I would tell everyone about the meaning behind the name of my blog. Well, here goes. The name obviously comes from the Bible verse beneath it. I have a very good group of friends (you know who you are) that I have known for at least for years now. We play together on the church worship team and have taken missons trips together as well as other such things throughout the years.

We play together and pray together, and we have also had other people pray over us. One of the things that has come up over the last couple of years is this verse. We all have to deal with day to day life and the struggles and frustrations that come with it. Many times we are under intense pressure to compromise on our beliefs. That is where this verse comes in.

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Eph. 6:13. Many times in our lives we get to the point when we can't really see the light at the end of the tunnel. We know that God wants us to stand for righteousness and purity. We know what we need to do but it is so hard. Eventually we will all reach a point were we can't do anything more. When we reach this point we must stand.

When we have given our all and can't do anything more, we stand. We wait and trust in God with the belief that his ways are higher than ours, and we stand. We do not back down, we do not give in, we stand. There is a point were we can't do anything even if we want to, and at this point we stand.

We stand by refusing to give in on our values and beliefs. A good example of this is the recent controversy with the school board. There may come a time when we have given all the information that we can and done all that we can do. When this time comes we will not back down, neither will we try to cause a scene or start a fight. We will stand.

Perhaps the best picture of this that I can think of is when I went on a trip to Washington D.C. this last summer. The trip was an amazing time as we went around our capitol praying. The most rewarding experience of all though was going to the Supreme Court and praying silently with the life tape over our mouths. We didn't react to the jeers and heckling from passerby. We didn't back down to the intense heat and fatigue. We simply stood.

That is my challenge to all of you now. God has given each of us a battlefield. The time may come when you don't know what to do. Maybe there won't be anything that you can do. When that time comes, Stand.

6 comments:

Alicia said...

your post is encouraging to me...

Phantom said...

You say we all have our battlefields, and mine concerns my first post. I have to come up with something, so this is as Alicia said encouraging.

-Storm-

Rachel said...

You are such an amazing awesome wonderful nephew. I'm very thankful that you are such an influence.

Alicia said...

The pictures make it more encouraging.. Where were those pictures taken just curious?

Laura said...

Hallelujah! I love your passion for what is right! Way to speak out~! I wish I could have gone to Washington with you all, sounds like an amzing time.^_^

Phantom said...

If you have the chance, could you explain the pictures further at school?

-Storm-