Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, excellent, or worthy of praise, think about such things.
Therefore, encourage each other and build each other up.
There are days when the renewing of my mind is easy, enjoyable, and a task I take head on! There are days when truth rings so loudly in my ears my heart feels steadfast and immovable! There are days when no matter what the world or my mind throw at me, I am rooted in the fact that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus!
Then there are days of doubt; those days when the inner conversation turns into an inner battle. It’s not as easy on those days when the war rages to remain hopeful, because the voice of truth has a hard time overcoming the voice of fear, failure, apathy, doubt, or impossibility. But that struggle is not a reason to give in or give up. It’s in that battle that you find out what’s worth fighting for! And truth is always worth fighting for!
Here is the war tactic I’m implementing in the battle for truth: on the days when truth seems to be drowning in a sea of doubt, I have to speak those doubts aloud. The voice of doubt, fear, and failure says “keep quiet and fight this battle on your own”… but the voice of truth says “encourage one another and build each other up!” How can we be encouraged if we fail to speak of our discouragement?
Yesterday I chose to speak.
Be a person who is willing to encourage and be encouraged. It’s humbling to speak of our insecurities, apathys, fears, and failures, but it’s detrimentally prideful not to. Don’t get me wrong, I believe there are days when the Lord challenges us to lean on Him alone because we rely on people in place of God, but I also believe there are days when He makes it impossible for us to get through a battle by ourselves so that we will recognize the strength that comes with community. Is there something that needs to be spoken of in your life? Maybe it’s time you said it aloud. And remember this, truth is always worth fighting for.
So today: Encourage each other. Support each other. Give each other confidence and hope.
And always SOAR Intentionally!