Has there ever been anything in your life where you were the last person between any of the below:
a. Between your family and danger
b. Between you and a friend's demise
c. Between you and a stranger's disaster
d. Between you and defeat in any form
If so, then you will understand how important it is when there is only you who could make a difference, there is no one else around. In real life we may have only a handful of these opportunities, and when they come God speaks to our heart that we must stand between good and evil, victory and defeat, regardless of the cost. It is both exciting and scary but it is a chance for us to make a difference.
Just think what might have happened if Joseph of Arimathea had not assumed the responsibility to bury Jesus. His body may have been tossed in an open grave with other common criminals. Instead it was placed in a tomb that was sealed where no one could question the Resurrection. He was the Last Man Standing between us and the Christian belief.
We can also be that person who helps someone who no one else cares to help (The Good Samaritan), or be like Rahab who protected God's people from abuse and harm (Jericho). There will be opportunities for us to be that person if we keep our eyes open and always be aware of others needs. All we need is the courage to trust the provision of an ever mindful God who loves it when we do good. He has our backs.
Of course this is also the last woman standing (Mary, Ruth, Mother Theresa) and in my case a single mom who loved her son a lot like God loves us. As Mother's Day approaches, let us not only honor the courage of our male heroes, but let us celebrate the women who gave birth to them who may have passed on that ability to make a difference!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.