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Fight the good fight

Life has many battles. We must pick up our battles before we engage. Sometimes we fight to succeed in our careers, businesses, and for our families. Other times, we quarrel with others to prove a point, because we disagree or because we are hurt. Oftentimes battles can lead us to discouragement, anxiety, fear, and even to the path of destruction. Before we take part in a battle, we must ask ourselves these questions: What would Jesus do? Am I fighting for Him? Are these battles worth it? Let us examine our motives. If indeed a battle is bringing us closer to God, we must resolve to fight the good fight (cf. 2 Timothy 4:7). 

Battle for charity: Despite what the world believes, we must share our treasures with those in need. Every good gift is from God (cf. James 1:17); therefore, giving it back to Him through our brothers and sisters is of utmost importance. He will bless us from generation to generation.

Battle for closeness with Christ: Life may be difficult or messy. We may be persecuted or ridiculed when we dedicate ourselves to the Lord. Despite it all, love and “serve the Lord withfear, with trembling kiss his feet” (Psalm 2:11).

Battle for courage: Despite life’s misfortune, failure, or disappointment, we must determine to persevere. With every setback, there is a lesson to learn and testimony to share.

Battle for hope and faith: Despite the darkness of this present age, we must look forward to tomorrow with expectations for a brighter future in the Lord. God has a plan for us (cf. Jeremiah 29:11).

Battle against injustice: We must pray to speak out against discrimination, racism, violence, abuse, etc., but we must always act out of love and for the good of humanity.

Battle for joy: Despite our anxieties, fears, and worries, we must rely on God, trust in His divine Providence, and embrace joy. For the joy of the Lord is our strength (cf. Nehemiah 8:10).

Battle for love: Despite the pain and sacrifice that come with selfless love, we must love as Jesus taught and commanded us. Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and spirit, and love your neighbor as yourself (cf. Matthew 22:36-40).

Battle for peace: No matter what is going on in life, we must pray and strive to make peace with God, ourselves, and others.

Battle for positivity: Despite the daily negative news and events in the world, we must remain hopeful, joyful, patient, and prayerful in all circumstances with God’s grace (cf. Romans 12:12).

Pray with me: Lord Jesus, help us fight the good fight and persevere in our journey with you. In your name, we pray. Amen.


Rhode Jean-Aleger
Certified Spiritual Director
5/14/2021 (edited 1/7/22)

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