SUMMER CONNECTIONS: A Conquering Attitude

 The heavy rain of the predicted thunderstorm ended abruptly allowing, almost instantly, the late evening sunshine to flood our campsite.  The sun’s brilliance was inviting enough to coax me out of the motorhome onto the soggy lane for a walk.  Other campers were emerging; soon many were out skirting puddles, stepping on the squishy moss, stretching their legs before nightfall.  As I rounded the corner, I encountered two boys, about ten, hosing caked mud off their bike tires.  Upon seeing my curious glance, one lad launched into an excited explanation:  “We were riding our bikes on the main road, the mud stuck to our wheels, it kept getting thicker and thicker and finally we couldn’t pedal any more even when we were in the easiest gear!”  “That would be challenging,” I responded.  “Yup!” he replied breathlessly, “but we figure if we wash the mud off we can ride again.”  I continued on and sure enough, was soon passed by the boys triumphantly pedalling themselves into another adventure.

“There’s a conquering attitude”, I thought.  For a moment, I was inspired, but then a cynical spirit crept in.  You see, my husband and I were visiting his parents, whose significant health difficulties had left all of us defeated and discouraged.  “Wouldn’t it be nice,” I brooded, “if hardships could be rinsed away with a hose.”

I looked up; the clouds had completely dispersed in time to experience a beautiful sunset.  It was obvious; the storm had been conquered.  Sometimes, the lesson God wants to teach me is subtle; this time it was blatant!  Romans 8:37-40 says:

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We are conquerors–enabled by Christ who lives within us.  Through trials and difficulties, we can have overwhelming victory.  New adventures become less intimidating.  In the “dailies” of life we can prevail.  We have this assurance because our God has conquered all.

Sometimes I need to wash away the mud that is sticking to my tires.  To pedal through life with more of a conquering attitude, more of a triumphant outlook, not because of what I can do by myself, but because of what Christ in me can do through me.

How about you?

Prayer: Conqueror, it is a word not commonly used today, but Father that is who you are. Often we forget that your conquering power is available to us this minute and in all activities of life-big and little, easy and hard. Grant us a conquering attitude. The Lord our God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God who is mighty and awesome. This is the God we praise, he is our God, who performed for us great and awesome wonders that we see with our own eyes (from Deuteronomy 10:17-21). Amen.

Contributed by Daryl Ginter

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