Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it. ~Proverbs 22:6
Heraclitus (535–475 BC) was a Greek philosopher from the city of Ephesus. He regarded himself as a self-taught pioneer of wisdom. Others called Heraclitus "The Obscure" and the "Weeping Philosopher". He’s credited with one of my all-time favorite quotes. The first time I saw it was on the inside of the Linfield College football locker room in McMinnville, Oregon. Linfield, if you didn’t know, possesses the longest streak of winning seasons (62 as of 2017) in all divisions in college football!
Here it is: “Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn't even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.”
God designed you to be the one—the warrior—commissioned to bring your family back. You’re the one who will lead the charge, the one who absorbs the impact, the one who willingly sacrifices his life.
You are also the one responsible to navigate your family to health, well-being, and greater proximity to Jesus. You will sacrifice your life to cut through all obstacles, leading by example—in full display.
You’re the man in the arena. You’re the tip of the spear. You are God’s champion commissioned to bring the others back.
Are you actively engaged in the battle for your marriage? Are you swinging the battle-ax on behalf of your children? Where does your blade need sharpening today? Fight well my friends. Fight to win. Fight to the bitter end.