Friday, July 20, 2007

The Lord's Army

Ephesians 6:16-17 (New International Version)
16 And in addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

"Less blame--more action." I read these words on my friend Dave's blog this morning,

After sharing the poem that I had written in memory of a young girl named Robyn, yesterday, I thought of a young life that had made an impact on those who knew her in the short time that she was with them.

When I read Dave's challenge, I thought of how much time can be wasted in negativity; blaming, shaming and complaining--all of which can involve judging and pride. Worst of all--those things accomplish little, if anything, of worth.

I left the house to drive to work. A few days ago I'd seen an advancing medieval army from my kitchen window, metal shields locked overhead as the wet leaves of the corn glinted silver in the morning sun. This morning I saw soldiers standing to attention, spears raised by their sides. As I looked out at the vast armed force in the field, silk tassles waving in the breeze--they looked ready for something.

Every morning I offer myself to God for his use. I've learned that he will he will use any available recruit--he is not impressed by resumes or qualifications and--he seems to allow his army to learn as we go--as long as we refer frequently to the rules of engagement.
Romans 12:1-2 (New King James Version)
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.


Anonymous said...

I made it onto your blog! Rah! I was thrilled ... thankyou so much, Dave

Belinda said...

Dave, I'm so glad you're happy to be here! I think you're in New York--God be with you there!