Sitting in a circle, the discussion commenced and we shared our thoughts on various topics:
Women as warriors…How do we overcome life’s hurts?…How do we speak truth to someone without offending and potentially losing them?
One of our Jericho Girls got our attention.
“We all make choices,” she said with conviction.
“Go on,” I replied.
“My childhood had hard realities, I chose not to live as a victim, but as a warrior. Taking hold of my experience and using it to better myself.”
She chose to accept her past, using the tension to catapult her into freedom. Launching herself though the air, mindfully planning her end point—making decisions to fly rather than be weighted down with anger and disappointment.
Even though she is new in her faith, she has so much wisdom. I let her straightforward, innocent faith fill and inspire. I sat there perplexed thinking that it really does boil down to me and the choices I make.
“I agree, I said. My choices not only change my destination, but shape who I’m becoming. As a disciple of Jesus, I have to learn form every circumstance and allow them to grow me for the better. I have to let offenses roll off of me. Embrace forgiveness and choose to love.”
“Yes,” she agreed, “we become warrior women when we are able to receive. Receive criticism, accept spoken truth, welcome challenges…and it all begins with our choice to do it.”
We all concluded that night, that the slingshot of choice can propel us in various directions. But when our choices line up with God’s word, we soar to new heights. Believing that he will not only help us fly, but firmly plant our feet when we land.
“I believe that in this life, we are defined not by the station in life into which we are born, nor by our pedigree, race, or religion, but by the choices we make.” Robin McGraw