Battle Cry: Storming the Castle
My name is Christy and I’m a person living with Bipolar. I refuse to stay anonymous, though, because I think it’s too important that we who survive mental, emotional, and invisible physical disorders need to speak up about what exactly it means to live with these challenges. We need to cry out and cry loud and speak clearly our truths. We are warriors.
Every warrior needs a battle cry, right? So, if words are our chief weapon to encourage understanding of our individual challenges then it only stands to reason that I would find my strength from the Bible. It is the foundation of my family and the cornerstone of my childhood home. Which, begs the question… how can you face what happened to you as a child and still harbor any positive feelings for anything “Christian”?
I’ll tell you how… God didn’t hurt me. It wasn’t Believers that stole my Youth. I respect anyone’s right to disagree with those two statements, though, because it would be easy to argue the point that God’s creations hurt me… but, really, we humans hurt each other in so many ways during our all too short walk on this Earth.
I choose, instead, to take what positive lessons I can find from my youth and work for THOSE to overshadow the bad things that happened. In effect: “Pollyanna”-Rosannadanna.
Roseanne Roseannadanna: Well, Jane, it just goes to show you. It’s always something. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.
So, that thing I mentioned about scripture? Well, personally, I think it’s the most fulfilling Battle Cry you could use while traipsing this life…. Check it out…
In the book of “One Corinthians” (ahem, sorry – couldn’t help myself)…. in the book of FIRST Corinthians scripture talks about the importance of peace led and prayer carried mindfulness. It’s a very simple thought:
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13 New International Version (NIV)
“That’s a great philosophy! I like it!”
Simply put and it’s easy to understand the message: never stop believing, never give up, and always reflect love. That’s powerful. So many people adhere to another famous scripture… you’ve probably heard it a lot lately: “An eye for an eye”. Well, these people are conveniently forgetting that when Jesus Christ appears and teaches throughout the New Testament he speaks a replacement covenant in which He commands we love one another (even enemies) as much as we love ourselves.
~Enemies too? Aw, come on!~
Yup. Enemies too: Matthew 5: 43-48 is just ONE of the many scriptures reminding Christians to love and pray for everybody.
Not only that, Jesus was more about the “check yourself” vibes and being all non-judgmental and stuff. So, my Battle Cry:
Because, it is the act of loving someone, despite all differences, that makes this journey adventurous, thrilling, frightening, ever changing, and worth our battle stance.
Someone once worried that I was straying too far from “the fold” and they said, “But, this [new thing in your life] goes against everything I’ve fought against for my entire life.” Through my tears I replied, “Well, maybe you should try fighting FOR something instead.”
It was then I decided: I’m fighting for Love and that will be my Battle Cry as I storm the castle of hate, prejudice and rage. Love!
What challenges do you face in your life? What’s your War Cry? I urge you to examine your heart and decide what words you might use to focus on the positive possibilities surrounding your life. Share them, too, so that I can learn from you!
Don’t forget: Share your insight to better the world for us all. Brightest blessings of love and light!
Next week I will continue my exploration of the Battle Field and types of armor for every day life with the following scripture:
14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Ephesians 6:14-18 New International Version (NIV)
If you’d like to share any thoughts on this ahead of time, I’d be glad to read them. After next week, though, I’m going to veer away from this topic and delve into more about my struggle with Bipolar.