How Will You Respond?
I love watching birds flock to my backyard feeders. A frequent visitor is the blue jay. Their unmistakable calls and colors make them easy to spot. However, I was surprised to learn that they are known as the backyard bullies. Their intimidating size and bullying nature gives cause to this nickname, but it’s still shocking to see how something so beautiful, can be so mean.
If there are other birds enjoying themselves at the feeders, instead of quietly waiting their turn, blue jays will just fly in, and force the other birds to flee.
People can be like that as well. They’ll swoop in and try to force you to do things you wouldn’t normally do.
If you let them.
There are different types of bullies and bullying. Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Chances are someone or something will try to bully us in our lives. The question is, what should we do about it?
Scripture tell us to, “Submit yourselves therefore to God.
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” – (James 4:7 KJV)
As Christians, the first part should already have been taken care of. And the second part of that verse gives us our answer.
Stand against. Strive against. Actively interrupt the progression of the enemy. Endeavor to defeat.
We can’t control everything that life throws at us, but we can control how we respond.
John Harrison, Basketball coach, life changes overnight when his high school team is crushed by the sudden closing of the town’s largest employer, a manufacturing plant. Hundreds of families start moving away, leaving him running a struggling cross-country program. He meets Hannah Scott and begins helping this unlikely runner attempt the impossible in the year’s biggest race.
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Thomas and Tasmin, twin siblings hired to oversee a wedding feast in Cana, worry when the host runs out of wine . . . until a guest tells Tasmin to have the servants fill the pitchers by the gate with water from the cistern. Reluctantly, she obeys and is amazed when rainwater turns into the finest wine ever tasted in Cana.
When Thomas impulsively decides to follow the teacher from Nazareth, he and Tasmin argue–since the twins have been together since the womb, Tasmin can’t accept losing her brother to some magician-prophet. Aided by Jude, younger brother to Jesus of Nazareth, she decides to follow the Nazarene’s group and do whatever she must to mend the fractured relationship and bring her brother home.
Leah Allen is on the run from her violent past. She decides on a small town in South Carolina, battered and broken, shes ready to start fresh. Leah finds a small cafe. Lulu, the owner, offers her a job and a place to stay.
Leah meets Crowley Mason, the most eligible bachelor in town. Crowley is Lulu’s friend and lawyer and finds it suspicious of Leah’s sudden arrival in town. Despite his wall he built up between them, he soon finds sparks between them cannot be denied. Leah has been through so much already. Can she put her urge to run aside and take a second chance of love?
Almighty God, as I cross the threshold of this day I commit myself, soul, body, affairs, friends, to Thy care. Watch over, keep, guide, direct, sanctify, bless me. Incline my heart to thy ways. Mould me wholly into the image of Jesus, as a potter forms clay. May my lips be a well-tuned harp to sound Thy praise. Let those around see me living by Thy Spirit, trampling the world underfoot, unconformed to lying vanities, transformed by a renewed mind, clad in the entire armour of God, shining as a never-dimmed light, showing holiness in all my doings. Let no evil this day soil my thoughts, words, hands. May I travel miry paths with a life pure from spot or stain. In needful transactions let my affection be in heaven, and my love soar upwards in flames of fire, my gaze fixed on unseen things, my eyes open to the emptiness, fragility, mockery of earth and its vanities. May I view all things in the mirror of eternity, waiting for the coming of my Lord, listening for the last trumpet call, hastening unto the new heaven and earth. Order this day all my communications according to Thy wisdom, and to the gain of mutual good. Forbid that I should not be profited or made profitable. May I speak each word as if my last word, and walk each step as my final one. If my life should end today, let this be my best day. – Taken from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, edited by Arthur Bennett
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When cybercriminals hack into the US Marshals’ Witness Protection database and auction off witnesses’ personal details to the highest bidders, the RED Team led by FBI Agent Sean Nichols begins a high-stakes chase to find the hacker. But before he can even get started, the first witness is targeted and barely escapes with her life. Sean believes Phantom, an obsessed hacker who previously outwitted the top minds in the field, is behind the attack, and Sean needs this witness’s help, as she’s the person who has come closest to discovering Phantom’s identity.
Trouble is, she’s a witness under the care of US Marshal Taylor Mills, and Sean is reluctant to work with the captivating marshal who knows his deepest secrets. But Phantom claims he knows where the witness is hiding and will kill her, so to stop the hacker, Sean and Taylor must work through their personal pain and learn to trust each other. . . . The seconds are ticking down before someone dies.
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