Sometimes You Gotta Roar
By Karen Anderson
“It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.” – Elizabeth Henry
As a youngster, I remember hearing that as a Christian I needed be more reserved and not stand out and cause trouble. As I’ve matured, I realize what a false thought this really is. Now my feelings are, “Trouble! Come on, because God and me are ready … ROAR!”
The other saying you may have heard is, “Well, you will just have to accept it.” WRONG! Acceptance doesn’t mean giving up and being a wimp. It means giving your all—hopes, dreams, sorrow, worries, and anything else you can think of to God.
In the movie Chariots of Fire, Eric Liddell was a strong, muscular athlete who stood firm for his faith during the Olympics. He radiated God in the face of challenges and came out as God’s victor.
Here are some characteristics of the lion: protective, brave, courageous, willing to fight if needed, hunter, group pride, and a loner. The characteristics that jump out at me are brave, courageous, and being a loner. A loner doesn’t mean you shut yourself away from everyone. When situations arise, do you choose to be brave vs. timid, courageous vs. cowardly?
REMEMBER: In every situation in your life, God is there. Just ask Him. God’s Word says, “You’re blessed when you’re content with who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.” It can be very difficult to succeed with this, but if you believe God can help you to achieve true contentment in your life, you will succeed.
I know I haven’t given you any personal story about being a lion, but I really don’t have to. You know when you have shown to be that lion and when you have been the lamb. You can be content in your life and know, according to God’s Word, that you will be blessed from the inside out. But there are times when God wants you to ROAR, so baby, roar … “AND LET YOURSELF BE HEARD.”
PASSAGE: Matthew 5:5 & 8
Karen Anderson is an accomplished speaker, author, and chaplain. Her latest books, Nikki’s Tail-Waggin’ Lessons and The Little Book of BIG Thoughts (Volumes 1 and 2), can be found on Amazon.com. Leave a message for Karen at www.doablesteps.com/contact, or connect with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DoAbleSteps.