“When you go out to war against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and an army larger than your own, you shall not be afraid of them, for the Lord your God is with you, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.”
Have you ever heard this phrase, “Be a warrior not a worrier?”
Every time I hear this phrase it always reminds me not to worry but to fight the battles I’m facing in any given time.
I started this blog with a scripture from the book of Deuteronomy 20:1 ESV. Because for me this verse is so related to being a warrior not a worrier. (I will elaborate it in a while).
Worrier is from the root word “worry.” The meaning of “worry” from Merriam-Webster Dictionary is “to think about problems or fears; to feel or show fear and because you think that something bad has happened or could happen.”
The formula of worry is…
Negative thoughts + Negative feelings = WORRY
As saying says, “the battle always starts in the mind.” So if we think that something bad is going to happen, or we feel that something wrong is going to happen, eventually, it will cause anxiety and fear inside of us. It will put us in a situation where we feel that we cannot do anything to make it better. Or maybe we will just accept the fact that we are already defeated in that seemingly hopeless case.
“So tragic” if we stay in this kind of state, there will be no happy ending in the story.
When I’m hearing this word “warrior,” first thing coming into my mind is the WWF legend “Ultimate Warrior.” For those who don’t watch WWF or WWE, he is a professional wrestler. He is the arch nemesis of Hulk Hogan. And now a Hall of Famer of the said sporting event.
For the millennials they are like “The Rock” and “John Cena” during that time.
A warrior means, “a person who fights in a battle who is known for having courage and skills.” I believe most of us want to be a warrior. We desire to be strong and courageous in every way.
The question now is this “do we really have the courage to be a warrior in facing our own battles?” Because most of the time it’s so easy to give good advice to other people on their adversity in life. But when we are facing our own problem it’s so easy to be a worrier than a warrior.”
You know what, don’t feel guilty on yourself, or may I say to my own self (me). Because it’s normal for us as a human being to worry about almost everything. From the way we want to dress up for a party, the food we want to eat during our lunch, are we taking a bus or are we riding a taxi going to work? And the list goes on and on…
So how to be a real warrior?
Let’s all go back to the Deuteronomy 20:1. It’s says there “do not be afraid,” it means do not focus our mind, feelings, emotions on the problems. Let’s remind ourselves that God is with us in every battle. That he will fight for us, and even rescue us in our situation. Because in the first place, he is the one who take us out from Egypt (pain and adversity) and he is also the one who will take us into our promised land (victory and blessing).
Question: What makes you worry most of the time? How did you handle or face the most difficult situation in your life?