for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
1 John 5:4 (NIV)
When you feel like giving up,
remember why you held on so long in the first place.
Somedays, it feels like no good deed goes unpunished. Thankfully, these are not these days. I have time for daily prayer and meditation, am breathing more evenly, taking time to put my own feelings aside, and feeling much more aligned. I have learned to dance my prayers. I have connected the physical and the spiritual in a new way, and I can feel (both physically and spiritually) the difference. This is the message of encouragement I am leaving for myself the next time things get out of balance. (If you’re there now, feel free to make this your message of encouragement). Don’t give up.
“Everyone born of God overcomes the world.” That means all of us…airbody (as we say when we’re being silly). No matter what your mountain is, it is within you to overcome it. Don’t give up.
This morning, palm rolling my dreads in the mirror (an exquisite exercise in patience and creativity) I was considerate of my physical alignment, my relationship to balance and to the floor, and in a nod to the liturgical workshop I recently attended, uttered a prayer as I grounded. Remember, I’m in a good place, but considerate of the fickle nature of the Universe, I am staying girded up. I’ve done this before. Looking back, in March I wrote,
“So, on this good day, I declare my Thanks… I do not anticipate anything going awry this day, but because I can, I have lifted a prayer for relief, just in case.”
Just in case. For the next time I am weary and not present, overwrought or ill-prepared, I will remember this day and this feeling, and most importantly, this Word…”everyone born of God overcomes the world.” So take that, world. He that is within me is BEYOND the world. I shall not want. I shall not fear. I will not give up. Never ever giving up…a blessed assurance that God is good.