For the Lord your God is He who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory. Deuteronomy 20:4
With the turn of a new year, it’s as if we all get a clean slate, an enormous “do over.” It’s a collective opportunity to regroup, re-prioritize, and re-imagine how we want to live our lives.
The more I reflected on how I want this new year to play out, the more I realized there’s a battle raging for my perspective.
My husband is in sales, and has been for decades. In his early years, his mentor taught him that every interaction is a sale: through the course of the back and forth one person wins; the other person loses.
I believe the exact same thing happens in our minds. Every time we dwell on something, we hand the victory over to either the God of Light, or the king of darkness. Progress, or the lack thereof, is determined in that moment.
If we choose to keep our eyes on God, we’re saturated with light and peace. Suddenly, we view our lives as ripe with possibility. We dream big, and feel confident and inspired to take the necessary steps towards turning our dreams into a reality. Our God is a God of progress.
On the other hand, it was St. Ignatius who referred to the devil as “the enemy of our progress.” When we hand the victory over to him, we feed his power over our lives. He’s like the sleazy salesman who will capitalize on any tiny weakness we have, dragging us further and further down the road of our insecurities. Progress is never achieved on that road.
The new year is a wonderful time to reclaim our lives, re-claim that God is our source, and choose to put Him in charge!
He created us to do amazing things. Whether our gifts are big or small, they’ve been given to us to make this world a better place. Even if we can’t identify them yet, God will reveal them in the right time, and show us how to unwrap them. No matter what circumstances or obstacles may be in the road, the Creator of the sun and moon and the entire solar system can certainly navigate them for us.
We must remain mindful of the fact that every single day, and a thousand times throughout each day, the battle wages again and again in our minds. It’s only by repeatedly choosing God that we live a life of light: unlocking our potential, and blessing the world in all the ways God intended us to.
Questions for Reflection:
* When the battle wages in my mind, who do I give the victory to?
* How can I remain mindful of choosing God and light over and over again?