the fight

i’ve been doing a lot of thinking today. mainly because the reality that i’ll be back in Liberia in three weeks is fully setting in. and i’m thoroughly excited, don’t get me wrong. i’m heading back to a land of beautiful people, smiling faces, bright colors and hot sun. there will be hugs and handshakes, joyful reunions, familiar friends, and snuggling children. Liberia means all that…and more.

it’s the “and more” that i’ve been thinking about today.

i know that in only three weeks, i’m going to be walking back into a spiritual warzone. that there is a very real enemy who hatefully opposes restoration of any kind. that it is his disgusting, evil plan to keep people oppressed, in poverty, nameless, faceless, worthless. it’s subtle—but it’s there.

that his greatest fear is Liberia and her people realizing their true identities in Christ and coming alive for the glory of God. that this enemy will use hopelessness, despair, fatigue, illness, doubt, fear, and loneliness to try and stop this from happening.

i’m not afraid. but i am aware.

for i also believe in a righteous King, filled with mercy and justice and truth, who wants us (that’s you and i, friends) to play a part in ushering in His reign. that “on earth as it is in heaven” is truly possible. that He who is in me is greater than the one in the world.

and above all, that His kingdom is worth the fight.

amen.

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