In this next lesson from my mom’s life, you don’t have to be a doormat to be an overcomer. It is the very strong that look at the bigger picture and resist scrapping over being mistreated. When hurt, our human nature is to respond to protect ourselves. This is a good thing. However, faith is realizing there indeed is a bigger picture, requiring an eternal perspective. It is this eternal perspective that I have observed in my mother and I think it has given her a leg up with all the things she has faced in life.
Lesson #3 - Let God fight your battles: When the odds are against you, clearly the answer to winning has to be supernatural. Am I willing to let God fight for me, or do I want vengeance enacted? Being an overcomer means letting God fight battles you can never win anyway.
Romans 12:19 (NLT) Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord.
When we want to fight, do we understand the real cost of winning? A good friend of mine is so well-read that he often would use the term Pyrrhic victory. The story is of a general who fought the Romans in ancient times and won two battles. But, his casualties, although less than the Romans who lost, depleted his forces while the Romans had reserves and won the war.
How often do we exhaust ourselves emotionally with the desire to win? The truth is that in the end we might win a battle. But, who would we end up being in the end? Sometimes winning is not for us in our timing. With God on our side, we can be assured of justice. But, it may not come in a way or in the timing we desire. Are we willing to give that up?
My mother, who experienced in her story many setbacks and rejection is an overcomer. She lives a life knowing God is fighting for her, focusing on giving instead of pay back. This trait in my mom inspires those who know her. While I have seen so many others scrap to get ahead, my mother has the strength in her eyes that give both confidence and grace to others, shunning the idea of a hollow and Pyrrhic victory.
Be an overcomer. You can push ahead like General Pyrrhic of Ephesus against the Romans and win a hollow battle, or you can be an overcomer by letting God take care of paying back those who mistreat you. I would go with my mom, if you are wondering.
[Come back soon for lesson 4 …]