“Always fight for for the hearts and souls of others by confronting evil.”
There’s a war going on around us each and every day. It’s not the kind of war that you would think of. It’s a guerilla war. The unseen battles are often the most vicious though, and it truly is a battle of life and death.
It’s a battle for hearts. Hearts of our children, our peers, our coworkers, our family, our spouses, and the list goes on. I found that in this battle it has to be won in the trenches, the front lines, the last 100 yards. Confronting evil head on. But these battles are the ones that are deep below the surface. The kind of issues that hurt when you think about them or talk about them. I’ve had conversations with students about the pain of divorce. Feeling unloved, partially responsible, guilty. Having conversations with students about parents being in jail. Others about the loss of a loved one or a child. Betrayed by close friends. Not getting the job you want or need. Or just feeling stuck. We all have pain. Scars on our hearts from past experiences.
But we have to learn from that pain. Because the battle rages on. We live in a fallen world, don’t believe try watching the evening news without getting angry or choked up. The battle is over our hearts. We can’t change the past. But we can change our hearts. Warning, it will take time. I mean, if the Grinch can change his heart, anyone can! But here’s the best part, after his heart changed, his heart also grew. Here’s what Dr. Suess said:
“And what happened then…? Well…in Who-ville they say
That the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day!
And then the true meaning of Christmas came through,
And the Grinch found the strength of ten Grinches… plus two.”
Not only did his heart grow, but he found strength. Strength of ten Grinches, plus two. And when you win the battle of the heart this happens. Your heart grows and your strength increases. And here is why I think this is.
Your past can never change. Your heart can. When you are going into battle you want someone leading with experience. Someone that’s been there before. Someone who knows the enemy. Someone who has defeated that enemy you are facing. God grows our hearts and strengthens us so that were equipped to help others fight for hearts. If you are in the midst of a battle, find someone who’s defeated that enemy. If you have found yourself victorious, look and find someone that you can help and fight with them to win their hearts. This generation is looking for someone to lead others into battle to confront evil and to win the hearts and souls of all men.