Victims vs. Survivors

Struggles are a part of life.  To avoid them is to not be human.  When facing the many trials and tabulations of life on earth, I often find victims and survivors. 

Victims, will always be victims.  They often let their circumstances dictate their life.  They are trapped in a never ending cycle of victimhood, doomed to continue to wait and watch for the next "shoe to drop".  Victims are often very weak and ill-prepared for the attacks of the enemy, and many times they see their plight in life as both unfair and usually a result of others.

On the other hand, I have observed survivors as those that do not let circumstances define them.  They "press on", and regardless of the hurt and pain of life, they seem to stand tall with continued drive and resilience, to overcome and get through, whatever life puts in their way.  They share the same emotions as victims, often the same hurt and pain, but they also seem to possess an ability to see past the emotion, to think beyond the pain, and to overcome with courage.

Christians are survivors by nature.  We possess an armor that goes beyond our human ability to understand and relate to the sufferings of life.  The armor of God, defends us from the many attacks of the enemy, all in an effort to draw us closer to the true source of peace, our Lord.  I know a survivor who is currently struggling with a sick son.  He is not defined by his hurt or pain, nor the hurt and pain of his young son, but more his commitment and dedication to the one who he calls Lord.  He chooses each day, each minute, to be a survivor, and for that he is my hero. 

The blog is dedicated to him--press on WC!

Eph. 6:10-12, "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places." 






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