The Epic Struggle
If we take a look back at history, all of our heroes had struggles. Whether it be Abraham Lincoln having to get beat over and over before he finally won, or it be Noah who followed his God inspired Ark journey by getting drunk and having sex with his daughter, or Paul who always seemed to have a thorn in his side. Good guy or bad guy, they all had their epic battles to face, so we take heart that we too may have a page in history.
What would yours be written like? Major drug addict becomes missionary doctor as he helps heal the sick in Zimbabwe. Former alcoholic becomes Governor of Georgia. Six time felon teaches middle school kids how to avoid bad decisions. Modern day woman at the well leads healthy relationship classes. These are epic struggles that became healing situations at the foot of the cross, and some are really true, but you will have to guess which ones!
So as you read this blog let you and I join together to say as one, we have epic struggles with _____, _____ and _____. No one is immune to it and no one has a right to point a finger at someone else and think they are better because theirs isn't as big.
As I watched the Wyatt Earp movie the other night, I learned about how he lost the love of his life as a young man, went into a time of being homeless, drunk and became a lawless wanderer as he processed his grief. A very imperfect man became one of the true heroes of the west
but he had his moments of those epic struggles that tend to solidify or destroy our faith. Just like you and I.
In my own, I can find no other solution than God, God and more God. There is no drink or drug, no food, no woman and no thing that can forge the courage in my soul greater than those moments of crisis spent with the Lord. Yes, I have had epic fails, but I believe what is the most important thing is what I do after that failure.
Currently there are less epic struggles and more enjoying the challenges of everyday life. But as this roller coaster ride of life goes up and down I know that he is with me as I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, and he is with me when the light is shining brightest and the joy is the greatest.
How about you? Got a suggestion that is very simple. We have all seen the TV commercials on milk that say "Got Milk". When your struggles become the most epic, speak these words to your soul.............
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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.