In yesterday’s blog, I posted an image that has some real “attitude.” It was a brilliant typography, titled: Prove Them Wrong.
At first I was hesitant to use this image, but it felt necessary for several reasons… though, I assumed that I would need to explain myself at some point.
Thankfully, yesterday’s blog brought enormous victory to hundreds of people around the world. The interaction was powerful. Between Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and the blog… there were between 75-100 invigorating comments.
Last night, a respected friend, blogger, and author Zenobia Wise (of Virginia Beach, VA) wrote a powerful comment about the post. In that comment, Zenobia said:
“And while I love the picture with this post … deep down I know I do not have to prove them wrong. For the battle is not mine but the LORD’s.”
Here was my reply to Zenobia, and my reason for choosing yesterdays blog image: Prove Them Wrong
Zenobia, thank you for creating further discussion around this image.
I agree with your hesitation. Our focus should always be on remaining faithful to the Lord, never revenge, or vindication.
I appreciate your careful thoughts. I love what you wrote: “I just have to keep trusting Him, serving Him, worshiping Him, loving Him and remaining faithful to Him. He who began all these good works in me is faithful to bring them to completion. Mine is to never grow weary in well-doing and well-being …. to be like Christ. No plan of His is ever thwarted. ‘For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay.’ (Habakkuk 2:3) Praise God!”
As your thoughts propose, we should never wish for the demise of our enemies. We should always guard our damaged hearts against bitterness and hate. In humility, we should love our enemies, bless those who curse us, do good to those who hate us, and pray for those who spitefully use us and persecute us. (Matthew 5:44)
But we should also long for our release from their imprisonment, our vindication from the Lord, who is JUSTICE.
What I love about the picture (Prove Them Wrong) is that sometimes, when all of the negativity is being hurled at us like fire hoses filled with vomit… it’s important to have that inner voice that says,
“What they are saying about me is not true, and even though they are causing me great harm today, and they have broken my heart, and brought me to the depths of utter destruction… God will vindicate me in the end… even though it might take some time… in the end my destiny will surely come to pass, despite the opposition (people, circumstances, and spirits)… because no weapon formed against me will prosper AND every TONGUE that rise up AGAINST me will be CAST DOWN IN JUDGEMENT.”
This is the voice of endurance! It’s the Word of God living and speaking within us… to keep us moving forward through the storms of life. It is the affirmation that says: God is far more powerful than every resisting force. I will not die in this trial. I will not go out with a marred reputation. I may be in the valley today, but I will survive… and I will stand on the mountain again!
Thanks for the powerful discussion, Zenobia. You are a huge blessing everyone in this tribe!
Now can we have some fun with this conversation? lol
Don’t worry, I’m not writing a blog to explain this song tomorrow. It’s just for FUN! Haha
I just prayed for everyone. Love to you all.
Survive, Thrive, & Dream Again!