Friday, November 16, 2012

Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

Last night I was watching a movie and heard a great line. A football team was about to score on the one yard line and win the game (after an awesome comeback) and ended up fumbling and losing the game. A fan made the comment that the team was able to "snatch defeat from the jaws of victory". I really loved that line and it got me to thinking. My role as an advocate for Compassion is to encourage others to sponsor children or to help in some way those in poverty. My individual goal is to encourage those children that I sponsor to reach their potential and to DREAM BIG. The opposite of poverty is not wealth but rather "enough". Not enough in our terms but enough to be able to function on a daily basis. This differs from culture to culture but the bottom line is that "enough" allows our dreams to flourish. We are not worried about our our next meal or where we will sleep. Our needs are met and we can begin to hope.
         That is what Compassion is all about. Releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name. By giving them enough and connecting them with a sponsor they can begin to really grow. Our next generations are the children of the world. Without them there is no future. Satan knows this. What better way to grow his kingdom then by giving children mixed messages or a lack of hope. Start removing the church from their lives and he is free to rein. I look out at the world and see several things. One is that our own society has turned away from basic truths. What was once the standard is now seen as wrong or too conservative. Everything seems to be permissible as long as it does not hurt others. We have watered down and diluted the message. We have grown too comfortable. In fact I tend to think that Satan does not really need to worry about America. He has an easy inroad into our lives and there is no challenge. In third world countries where poverty is rampant it is easy for him to sow the seeds of discontent. It is easy for him to keep God's word hidden when there are so many other things to worry about.

        He is like that football team on the one yard line. He is about to score! ( We know though how this is going to end) However we can force him to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. We can mount that defense and come out winners. Joshua 24:15 states "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord!" I love that verse and have decided to make "Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory" my mantra. I choose not to let Satan win. As I go through life as a husband, a father, and as an advocate I want to make sure that I mount that last stand defense. Compassion does all it can to make sure that poverty is not victorious and is defeated. I am proud to make that my calling and ministry.