by Erica Pearson, firstname.lastname@example.org
When your feet first hit the floor in the morning what do they feel –
carpet… hardwood… tile… fuzzy slippers…?
If you are like me, you don’t give much thought to the floor beneath you. We have our routines we are comfortable with and consequently, our view of life stays pretty much the same. We often focus on the day before us. Yet, God’s word tells us to:
“fix our eyes NOT on what is seen, but ON what is unseen,
since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
When I read that verse (2 Corinthians 4:18), I tend to think of Heaven and, while that’s a GLORIOUS thought, I’m becoming more aware of the word “unseen” and what that must mean in the here and now. So, I ask you again:
When your feet first hit the floor in the morning what do they feel?
I want to challenge you to take your earthly eyes and train them to see a very different reality. To do this I need you to take a little imaginary trip with me.
You wake up one morning to the sound of a bell. It’s not your normal alarm. In your fogginess, you plant both feet on the floor but it doesn’t feel familiar. Your feet are not touching soft fuzzy carpet, but a cold… hard… mat. You look up and see that your bedroom walls have been replaced with ropes. That’s when you realize… you’re not in your bedroom… you’re in a boxing ring. I bet your defenses would kick in real quick, because if you are in a ring… then there must be an opponent somewhere!
Seems like a far-fetched scenario. But is it?
When you wake up each morning, are you aware that you really do have an OPPONENT?
I’m here to tell you that your opponent has not forgotten you, and he loves to catch you with your defenses down!
Be clearheaded. Keep alert. Your accuser, the devil, is on the prowl like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:8
Look around that comfy bedroom of yours again. Look underneath your feet. Let your eyes adjust to the unseen. Hear that bell?
Make no mistake… Every single day you need to adjust your eyes to the truth that you are in a fight with a very real opponent and you are either going to be on the offense or the defense. We tend to contextualize the word “fight” with only the negative and difficult times of our lives. When life is difficult, we are suddenly aware of our opponent. We put our hands up. We fight him head on. We arm ourselves. We ask for prayers and we bring others into our corner.
What about the times in our lives when everything seems to be going smoothly? If we had a real honest conversation, I bet we’d talk about how we become relaxed with our prayer life. Our quiet time weakens. We mistake those moments in between rounds as time to rest.
I’m afraid for some of us, we better duck! That right hook is coming. The boxing ring is a metaphor for our life as we face-off with our opponent.
“God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish”
– Ephesians 6:10-12
Are you continually preparing? Are you on offense or defense? Offense is taking up your Bible, being faithful in your prayer life, and being prepared. Defense is waiting for our enemy who is always on offense. After all, a life-or-death fight to the finish is the difference between being proactive or reactive.