OK, so that is not exactly the fighting squirrel I was talking about … especially with a French beret … but I digress! God has been showing me lately through devotionals, sermons and others about being a Godly MAN!!! Like … a REAL man!!! I know I am treading on thin ice in some respects because that is so subjective and I mean absolutely no disrespect to anyone! I mean a man who is willing to fight for what is right, for his marriage, for his kids, etc. So, how does a squirrel factor into this equation? There have been a couple of times I have seen a squirrel crossing a road and getting hit by a car in front of me. You would expect the squirrel to realize that he was hit by two tons of metal and inertia and just roll over and die! BUT … they don’t! Every time I have seen this, the squirrel goes into fight mode and does everything in his (or her) power to get to safety and fight to live. Now the inevitable happens and even if they make it across … they die. They fight on because that is their God-given instinct!
Then, this weekend, my wife and I caught the movie “Lone Survivor” on TV. As most of you know, it’s a movie about a group of Navy Seals who are sent on a mission that is quickly compromised and they find themselves in the fight of and for their lives. As the title implies … only one of them survives, Marcus Luttrell (played by Mark Wahlberg). To be honest, because of personal experiences, that movie is very hard for me to watch, but I LOVE the spirit and tenacity depicted in the Navy Seals. With each of them shot, cut, bruised and broken, they fight until they literally cannot fight any longer. They fight on because that is how they trained!!!
In the Bible, little shepherd boy David kills Goliath the giant and is deemed a warrior, but David didn’t become a warrior when he killed the Giant! David had honed and perfected his skill with the sling while shepherding! David had trained and had faith!
1 Samuel 17:34-37 – 34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”
The Bible tells us in Ps. 35:1 – 1 “Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me;
fight against those who fight against me.” And in Ex. 14:14 – “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” In Numbers 13:30-14:12, Caleb and Joshua contend with the Israelites whining and complaining and even contemplating that it would have been better to stay in captivity! Why are we, as humans, so quick to give up? So willing to just give up and die?
Men, what are you fighting for? Are you fighting at all? Are you abdicating your God-given authority and responsibility to your wife? We HAVE to keep our priorities right and we have to fight! If we aren’t fighting for our family … who is? I recently found a devotional called SoulCon. I have downloaded the app and watched some of the content. I am not affiliated with it at all and haven’t thoroughly researched it yet, but what I have seen I like and I think fits with Barnabas Man in that it is MEN supporting, encouraging and holding accountable other MEN!!!
One of my favorite quotes is by Hunter S. Thompson and is my philosophy for life:
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”
When all is said and done I want to know that “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Tim. 4:7) and I want to hear “well done, good and faithful servant”!
C’mon men … it’s time to SQUIRREL UP!