Somedays I'm totally scatterbrained.
I can't keep a single train of thought going. It's like I'm running down rabbit trails all day long, for fear that I'll miss a good idea. But if I'd just stick with one long enough, I'd accomplish something; get something done and checked off my list.
When I take the time to reflect, I realize those are typically the days I didn't make a plan; didn't set my mind on a purpose. It's not that the things I was chasing were wrong or bad. They just weren't in line with my purpose. Or if they were, I didn't really take the time to define specifically what I want them to achieve toward that purpose.
That's why I need a rallying point.
I need one thing to focus on. One singular goal that's attainable, which all my tasks point toward so that I actually gain momentum instead of scattering my energy in too many directions. I need to finish one thing before I start something new. Otherwise I just end up each day feeling like a failure... again.
A rallying point is your mission, your purpose, against which you line up all your goals and tasks. If they don't fit the mission, take them off your list. Or, modify them so they do. But don't manipulate them to make them fit.
The Warrior's Banner can be one.
Isaiah spoke of one such rallying point when he prophesied of the Messiah. He said, 'the Root of Jesse would stand as a banner for the people to gather around.' A banner in his day was for the military to lift to a high place where the troops could see it. They would know where to show up for duty armed and ready to fight.
Jesus is the Root of Jesse. He is the seed; the descendant from the lineage of David, son of Jesse. And when He was lifted up on the cross for us, He conquered sin. Then He was raised to life as He defeated death and the grave as well.
Jesus, Himself said, 'And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.' John 12:32.
Jesus is our banner. And we as warriors are to rally around Him. Our purpose in this life is to fight for the cause of the Gospel. To spread the word... His word, so that all nations can know the saving power of what Jesus did on the cross.
It's not mine to lift up.
I am relieved that it's not my banner to lift up. Sometimes I think I have to do it alone. But then I realize that Jesus already did the hardest part. I'm simply supposed to rally around. To to the cheering. To be a warrior who fights the good fight. And there I can enjoy His glorious resting place.
Let us rest in that today!
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