Sunday, July 02, 2006

I'll Fight

Okay hands up, who can tell me what’s important about today???? That’s right, today is founder’s day in the world of the Salvation Army, and I while before this weekend I was dreading “founders” as it was so lovingly called by so many… I was actually quite challenged about what this weekend was all about. For those of you that don’t know (I don’t know if there actually is anyone I don’t know reading this but if you are welcome aboard), I have been a “salvo” all my life, my parents are salvos, my grandparents were salvos and I my great grandparents were salvos, that’s me born and bread salvo. And William Booth and his wife Catherine founded the Salvation Army. (I think that’s all the background you need)

Anyway earlier this year I was enrolled as a soldier, a member of my church, and when I signed up I agreed to fight the good fight and to do what God wanted me to do, which I still want to do now, but over the last 5 months while I have been a soldier, I have realised how easy it is to become comfortable where you are and to be okay with being comfortable, but what has really hit home this weekend, is that William Booth and The Salvation Army is not at all about being comfortable, in fact its the opposite.

The Salvation Army, is exactly what is says it is, an ARMY, and that’s what I need to do...fight and be in an army. To stand up and to be counted and while I did that when I became a soldier, just joining the army isn't enough, it’s about how hard you fight. Anyone could put on a uniform but unless they are really fighting does it really do anything at all? Anyone can play an instrument but unless they use their talent for God, what’s the point? Anyone can belt out a tune, but what’s the point if its not worship?

I want to fight, I am not happy being comfortable, God deserves my all and I am a soldier, I need to fight so that’s what I should do, not just be satisfied with comfortable and sit in the trenches.

Fighting will hurt, but I know that victory is mine, so why not give it a go.

I will leave you with these words from William Booth....

The tide is now flowing, I'm touching the wave,
I hear the loud call of the mighty to save,
My faith's growing bolder, Delivered I'll be!
I plunge neath the waters,
They roll over me.
And Now Hallelujah, The rest of my Days
Shall Gladly be spent in promoting His praise
Who layed down his life
and poured out this sea
Of Boundless salvation for you and for me.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Big Willy B is my hero! Do him proud!