Have you ever had a completely random word, or a phrase pop into your head for what seems to be no reason at all? This happens to me all the time! I use to just think it’s random, but now I fully believe that what can seem to be “random” in our eyes, is really strategically put in place by the Lord. I know God is always speaking. He loves to speak to his children. Sometimes, all it takes is for us to quiet ourselves down, and tune in to what he has to say.
I had one of these moments the other day. The word “backbone” popped into my head and I couldn’t shake it. “Backbone.” So I looked up the definition. Backbone is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “strength of character; resolution.” Immediately when reading this definition, three people came into mind: Mother Teresa, King David and Donald Trump.
You may be thinking, “what in the world do Mother Teresa, King David, and Donald Trump have to do with each other?!” Well, I would respond to you with, “backbone.” All three of these people are leaders that have stood up against cultural popularities to do what is right and refuse to bow to compromise. All three people have made an impact on history while standing in the gap on behalf of an entire people group.
I was reading about Mother Teresa the other day and was so impacted by her lifestyle. She chose to live her life by giving it to people who had seemed to have been forgotten by the rest of the world. She lived of a love. True love. Winning love. Love that dissolved sickness, color, race, religion and gender. Love that pursued God in everything and sought to love others to life.
Love has strength; It’s character stands firm. Love does not bow to injustice, ungodly rulings, or the popular demands of culture. Love has a backbone.
Just as the three people above, you have backbone. We are all put in positions to choose to stand firm on what is right, righteous, and just. Every day we get to make choices that bring us and others around us either life or death. You don’t have to compromise in the little or the big to move forward in life. I encourage you today to choose life in every moment. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “You don’t have to see the whole staircase to take the first step.” God has every step prepared before you. Let’s choose to take each day with life, love and backbone.