Fight For Your Day
Fighting for your day means fighting for productivity and a day that seeks to honour God and the people around us. At times, this is really challenging. Just this past Monday, when I woke up and looked out the window, it was raining. The two days before, I woke up to the same thing. I was ready for the rain to end, but it wasn’t going to stop any time soon. Where I live (Toronto, Canada) you can count on rain all of April and sometimes even in the first half of May. Its essential for all the flowers and budding trees right now, but I hated the mood it put me in.
All of us know the “rainy-stay-at-home-mood”. We’re dragging our bodies around but our mind just wants to do nothing. Watching Youtube videos sounds good, though. This past Monday I really wanted to do that, all day long. I also knew that spending time with God would rejuvenate me, get rid of my sullen attitude and help me kick-start my day. But instead of doing what I knew would help me, I just tried to tackle my to-do list. Let me tell you, my day didn’t go that well. By the time I went to bed I was irritated by the smallest things and thankful the day was over. I could have had a better day, if I choose to fight for it the right way, using the right tools.
Are you familiar with the armour of God? Its found in Ephesians 6:11-17 and has a lot of tools we can use to fight for a meaningful day.
It reads like this: “Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and as shoes for your feet having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
These few lines have a lot of wisdom packed into them.
Right at the beginning, this verse mentions the “schemes of the devil”. The dictionary defines someone that is scheming as: given to making plans, especially sly and underhand ones; crafty. Every day we’re fighting against forces that want to take our eyes off of God and distract us from a having a few moments in his presence and a productive, purpose driven day. So lets fight back!
Friend, here are a few ideas that mentors, friends or wiser women who have been through more of life, have shared with me. They have really helped me fight for a meaningful day:
Choose a Bible verse and pray for it to impact and lead your day
Memorize the Bible verse you choose - by memorizing scripture we can speak words of truth over ourself and use the shield of faith when lies about our worth and value surface in our thoughts
Have something to look forward to in each season (plan a small trip, it could be a wedding, graduation etc. or a personal goal you set for yourself to achieve)
Invite God into the things you’re looking forward too and your goals. It always amazes me how God transforms my heart when I pray “Lord, you know I desired X, Y or Z and I trust you with it fully.”
Set a time for a coffee or tea meet-up, and have a sister in Christ prayer over you for something specific of your choice
Don’t be idle. Rest is so important, but too much resting isn’t always good for you.
Pray creatively - a song, poem, writing in your journal or sitting in stillness and waiting on God
Journal your prayer(s) and watch God show up and answer them. This might take a day, week, months or even years but he is always working. There are things I’ve been praying about for years and have confident trust that God hears me and is working behind the scenes.
Pursue intentionality and truth in everything you do. This can be applied to how you treat your friendships and relationships and the effort you put into your job or school/studying.
Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you. Romans 8:26 says “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” The Spirit is always praying for us in our weaknesses!
Dear friend, I’m walking alongside you as I’m still learning when and how to apply these little things in my life, to ensure my day is productive, meaningful and honouring to God. To be honest, I’m still learning how to apply the armour of God in my life, too. But, when I intentionally do, its so rewarding as I seek God first and then begin my day from a place where I’m ready to take on the battles of life.
Father, according to 1 John 5:14, I can have confidence in that if I ask anything according to your will, you hear me. I praise you, because I have confident trust knowing you will help me fight for my day to be a meaningful use of my time. I pray for wisdom and useful stewardship of all the talents, friendships and opportunities you are providing me right now. I boldly choose not to follow the status quo and be sucked into the two opposites of either chasing selfish dreams or sitting around lazily. Instead Lord, I choose to seek you first and then follow the path you are taking me on. Amen!
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