God is with you, mighty warrior!
I know, you’re probably giving me serious eye roll already. After all you’ve been through, that can read like the opening of a religious fund raising email, rather than an affirmation of your identity. But take a step back for a moment, and see yourself from God’s perspective.
The enemy thought 2020 would break you, but instead of completely giving into your old negative mindset and habits, you’ve kept relying on God’s strength. Even after you stumbled, you stubbornly seized his love for you again, and took another step forward.
It’s foolish not to acknowledge you’re bruised and tired. But the only thing their attacks really accomplished was to deepen your faith, hope, and love. Rather than crushing you, you’ve been getting spiritually and emotionally stronger. 2020 was like a radioactive honey badger bite that gave you super powers.
You can see through chaos with truth and hope, overcome fear with grace and joy, and disempower hate with love and wisdom. You can bring peace to anyone’s storm, heal the mortally and morally wounded, and speak life into every soul. You’re a blessing and an inspiration to everyone around you, and a terrifying giant honey badger to the enemy.
“While Gideon was hiding from the enemy, the angel of God appeared to him and said, ‘God is with you, mighty warrior!’
Gideon replied, ‘Mighty warrior? I don’t think so. If God is really with me, why have all these terrible things happened? Where are all the miracles and wonders I’ve been told about?’
God looked him in his eyes, and responded, ’Go in the strength I’ve given you. I am empowering you to be the miracle who will save the people.’
‘Me? How could I ever save anyone? Look at me. I’m the weakest of the weak.’
But God said to him, ‘I will be with you. Listen to me, and you’ll bring everyone together, and defeat the enemy as one’ ” (Judges 6:12-16, paraphrase).