Rising from the dead, battling near-fatal cancer and surviving, and living a life where people still ridicule your beliefs as make-believe: it sometimes feels like something from a movie.
In the two weeks I spent with my host family felt like I was living out an adventure – not just through their testimonies – but from their actions that spoke louder than words.
Actions are bred when we hold 100 percent faith even if we cannot see the fruit of our labor in the present moment. It’s like the air we breathe. It’s the certainty that we are intricately designed specks in this universe – that even a universe in its intricate design has a creator. To those in the faith, we know the creator as God.
Throughout the two weeks I shared with my host family, the message was clear:
We are called to be strong and courageous in this world.
The biggest lie we have ever believed in is that God will do things for us and in our place.
If He did, we would have no free will. And if God truly is love, love is always a choice.
With God, nothing is automatic. We have to fight for what is right.
When we suffer from maladies or the arrows of injustice from the world, we have to battle in His name.
Just as we take on surnames of our father and mother – we must wear and take on the name of our God proudly and with faith.
For Patricia, she fought her battles but it took preparation and faith even when her physical body deteriorated from sickness. She had to fight even when people were skeptical of her recovery and belief that God truly was victorious. To this very day, Patricia continues to fight.
In Patricia’s moments of sickness, she was not praying to God to heal her.
She was thanking God for what He has already done. She blessed instead of cursed God… “why me?”
If we truly hold on to the faith, we will realize that what God wants for us is already accomplished.
He wants us to be strong so that we could fight another day.
We are all just sojourners in this world… passing through to the next. We have to hold the faith, if we want to overcome the inner demons that blare in our mind which breed cynicism, skepticism, and a worldly view contrary to God and our identity in Him. We especially have to believe in God’s truth in times when illness and other physical maladies strike us and those we love.
To fight a battle and to maintain 100 percent faith, we need to prepare and equip ourselves just like in any battle. It won’t be easy. Most battles aren’t.
This is not a war of fists nor of intellect. It truly is a battle for true love and shedding this light to the world.
And so for my brothers and sisters, in the spirit of Paul, I hope you fight the good fight and realize that in the battles you face, you are not alone.
I hope in moments of loneliness and rejection, you remember your identity in Christ. There will be times where we will be tempted and tested by the world. But even Jesus was once tempted in the desert and overcame the darkness.
Jesus sets the example. He shows us exactly what to do, for He is our way, truth, and life.
If we have a God who is the Way, we already know the answer to success, to victory, to true love.
Tell yourself a real story… not just the stories the world wants you to hear. The true story of this world is this:
The light of God will always prevail over the darkness and evil in this world. Even in your darkest moments and in the darkest times, a small speck of light can still have the power to extinguish the seeming void of the dark. We overcome and conquer darkness by showing True Love.
I hope you find peace in this truth. Peace be with you all. <3