How Do You Define Being A Warrior?

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From the Brother of a Warrior

For me, Jason’s story of being a warrior begins well before June of 2014.  I am a firm believer that Christ shapes us every day and uses our seemingly small decisions of obedience to shape us and those with which we come in contact.  In a large poetic sense that only God can describe, these small disconnected choices are revealed in a perfect timeline that only He can string together, and He has used Jason to show me just that.

I have known Jason for three decades, and it has been an honor and a privilege to call him my brother and best friend.  I have always considered Jason a role model and definitely a warrior.  I have watched him persevere through many trials, such as running a half marathon on a stress fractured foot, finishing a stellar collegiate baseball career with a blown elbow, and loving a life with multiple sclerosis.

Yes, “loving” is not a typo.  Jason shows that loving life and living life are two drastically different viewpoints.  I will never forget the day he told me that multiple sclerosis was one of the best things that ever happened to him.  Of course, I needed an explanation to understand what I had just heard, but what ensued next has defined my daily thoughts since.

Jason began to explain the platform for which God was laying the ground work and how He was using the illness to open the door to conversations and relationships Jason may never have realized without this sickness.  I also began to see God mold and shape Jason into being more intentional with others.  It is common for Jason to meet “random” people and have 45 minute conversations about life, God, etc.  I have seen complete strangers open up to Jason about daily struggles after only a few seconds of knowing him.  While I know Jason has always been blessed with the incredible ability to connect with others, I have watched God grow this blessing to extraordinary levels.

Jason’s faithfulness to God’s mission, and his eagerness to make the most of the opportunities placed before him are the most important lessons he has taught me.  Day by day, I watch Jason’s faithfulness to God’s call grow regardless of the situation, and his insatiable appetite to become more selfless is infectious.  I am excited to see the next chapter of the story God is creating through him, because I know God has even larger plans in store for Jason.

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What is a warrior?

What defines someone as a warrior? Affinity for Violence? Physical Strength? Emotional Strength? Superior Intelligence? Or is it just the willingness to do what is needed to carry out the purpose one has been commanded to accomplish? Many different ideals and ideas will result in people considering themselves warriors. Many of these “warriors” will claim victory in the battle, but few will realize the victory in the end.  What good is physical strength or superior intelligence against the dark ways of our spiritual enemies? Only the armor of God will persevere through the battles waged in spiritual warfare.

Ephesians 6:13

13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Join me on my journey…God has blessed me with the unique opportunity to reach out to those who are going through battles (i.e. everyone), whether they be visible/public or invisible/private.  He has shaped me more since 2014 than I could have ever imagined.  The posts will be a raw look at what God teaches me daily, not a journal of my illness.

p.s. I purchased this domain in October of 2014, without fully understanding why I did it.  In that time, I randomly began getting requests to speak in various settings.  God began to clearly show me the path that He would have me go with this, although only a piece at a time.  If there are ever any questions, requests, or things that I can answer, please contact me.