You've probably seen the latest Marine Corps commercial which indicates that Marines run toward the battle, not away from it. That's what I was taught over and over while serving, we do not retreat under any circumstance, we stand and fight. However somewhere along my path toward addiction, escape became a reality and usually I would avoid the battle, preferring the bottle.
Sobered up 28 years later, that which I learned as a Marine has come back into play. I absolutely enjoy running toward tha battle now because there is now something inside me that is non-alcoholic that gives me courage. My battles, others battles, doesn't matter, let's fight them together, because far greater is Him that is in me than he that is in the world. Some we win, some we lose, either way He is still with us, and hopefully we will still be facing it together. We don't shoot our wounded or leave anyone behind, we are always looking to win the war, even if we have to lose a battle to ultimately win. Remember that.
This afternoon I am driving toward Pensacola where flooding and rain has been in epic proportions this week. So far the roads are clear, but the battle scars still remain. Once again I find myself running toward the battle, who knows who might need help. However, as in life, some are spared while others suffer. Somehow, our Fiat store, sitting within 50 feet of three flooded other dealerships that lost more than 500 cars to flooding escaped unharmed and open for business as usual. Which brings to mind my point.
Just because folks are fighting battles that they lose, and others remain winners (so called), consider it a blessing because our next battle we may lose is right around the corner. Ask Paul or Peter, check out any of the other apostles. Check out the early Christians who died so that we may worship freely.
The key is when you run toward the battle, you are inviting the presence of God to see you through, win or lose. When you run away, you are seeking counsel from the enemy, and he is clearly ready to help you avoid it as often as possible.
In the Marines, you earn your stripes, when you see men and women with numerous decorations, you see hardened combat veterans who you want to stand with you in battle. If we can do the same as Christians, run toward the battles with our brothers and sisters, see the decorations on the faces and in the hearts of our leaders, then maybe we can borrow that slogan and use it for the Lord.....
The few, the proud, the Christians!
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.