Let Them Be Fierce.
Let me start by explaining I raise boys; three of them under my roof, but I’m writing this post very much aware of my nieces and other little ladies I adore, and the same sentiment applies. The context will differ, but the hope of confidence, use of power and strength is the same. In other words, little ladies, you can and certainly should be fierce, too.
Now, about those boys, two of which are toddlers, three and two years old. They’re both in that “all is mine” stage, with the oldest often carrying around his favorite toys instead of playing with them — just to keep his cars and planes out of younger brother’s short arms’ reach.
And this tactic often leads to wrestling and fussing and “forced sharing” after a pair or two of little legs kick me hard in the gut as they’re hauled into time out. And this response isn’t exactly the type of aggression I’m asking for.
Instead, it’s quite the opposite.
I love the book of Hebrews in the Bible. I always have. And I love how Chapter 13 begins, and I repeat it aloud for these little boy ears to hear:
“Let brotherly love continue.”
And we read on:
“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also. Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say:
“The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
And we unpack a lifetime of pep talks in one short passage. And to our sons, I repeat:
Be mindful of the needs of others: those you know and those you don’t know yet, but Lord willing, you might always meet again — whether on this side of eternity or the next. Do not ignore them. Love them instead.
Take up the cause of the Kingdom; remember those who’ve chosen chains over the comforts of this world, and know that only when we choose again and again to serve God instead of ourselves will we truly sense satisfaction.
Cherish the woman God is raising up as your wife; adore her and acknowledge her worth — a daughter of your King. Your love story is written in eternity, with the intent to make your lives more holy than easy. Embrace her and vow to win her heart each day. And like your Daddy has always shown you — mean it.
Be content with what you have. After all, if you choose Jesus, you choose a treasure nothing in this world can compare or steal away. All else are ashes that burn to the ground. Decide now that people are worth more than things.
And finally, my sons, be fierce.
Because we can boldly say — the Lord, the Lord God Almighty, helps me; what is there to fear — Not A Thing. What can man do to me — Not A Thing.
No, YOU are not invincible. When you fall, you will get hurt. But if you choose Jesus to follow, you have a Helper more powerful than anyone or anything of this world and a rescued spirit that is saved forever. You will always have a refuge to return to; you will always have the best yet to come.
Be brave, but be smart. Don’t go jumping off the top steps just yet, but leap into the freedom and joy of God’s love with all your might. Ask Him for wisdom, look for His direction, arm yourself for the enemy’s attack.
Face each day with courage, depend on the Word of God, defend it; hide it in your hearts to direct your paths. Claim the Holy Spirit’s power and push ahead, knowing you will never go anywhere alone. Never ever.
And I pray you will rise up and become the men, the brothers in Christ, you were created to be — lovers of the Light, Warriors for His church. Be fierce, our little children. One day, you will face the real battle. Be fierce.
Friends, as I watch our sons and daughters grow a little older each day, I am reminded how little control we have and how much we must mean it when we say we trust God to take care of them. Praise Him that He has promised to do so. He has promised to never leave us AND never to forsake us. Have we spent much time meditating on the second part of the promise – we have worth to our God, and He will never disown us, His children. No matter the mistakes we’ve made or will to come, His grace is greater. We can fight the temptations of this world fiercely, we can love fiercely, because we are so very loved. What a friend we have in Jesus! Let us thank Him today. Victory in Jesus!