I m so proud of my niece, who is marching forward in a life where she has had some tremendous difficulties to overcome. She was very weak and ill as a child and had to endure tremendous adversities within her own body. As seen in the picture, she now marches with her fellow recruits, as they graduate from the Marine Corps Recruit camp. She triumphed through one of the toughest training regiments, THE CRUCIBLE, which is an excruciating test of physical, mental and emotional endurance. He little sister looks on, and I can’t help but wonder what impact this will have on her life, as she looks up to her big sister… an overcomer indeed.
What example are we passing on to the next generation of believers in the Body of Christ? Are we overcomers or quitters? Do we endure hardships, persecutions, failures, disappointments, and yet still press on toward the upward call of God in Christ Jesus? 12 Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3)
Let us not grow weary in doing good, no matter what obstacles we face, no matter what offenses we must endure, no matter who comes against us. Let us endure and join the ranks of the overcomers. For if God is for us, who can be against us? Just like my two nieces, someone is always watching and learning by how we live our lives. Let us leave legacies of grace and kindness, legacies of strength and endurance, legacies of love and faith. Let us leave the legacy of Overcomers, for those who are coming up behind us, those who are watching how we handle life. To God be the Glory. Amen and Amen!!!