What Side Are You On?

I have spent a lot of time watching movies that are framed around war and conflict. I find in every war and conflict, it doesn’t seem to matter what side you are on, whether you are the aggressor or the defender both sides recognize the sign of surrender. Surrender is often brought about when one party or the other realizes their cost associated with the outcome, is too high a price to pay. It is often signaled by waving the white flag, kneeling in a submissive position, disarming yourself in armed combat. In a conflict, everyone knows the signs of surrender.

Surrender as an Offensive Strategy

What is it to surrender? Surrender is giving over your power and your position over to another party. Rarely is submission thought of as an offensive strategy? I want to suggest to you that the reason you may (feel) you are losing the fight is for this very reason. You think that you can work it out, you can fix it, and I want to tell you that you are right. What you’re missing is that you’re using the wrong strategy; you are using the wrong tactics. You may think that an offensive attack will do it but it will not, because it can’t. *** ALL CONFLICT is derived from a spiritual root but has a physical manifestation, we cannot hope to resolve or conquer physical events with tangible solutions. See Ephesians 6:12

Your Best Option

Here’s the takeaway, when you’re facing obstacles and challenges, your best option is to surrender. Surrender? Yes, surrender. Surrender is the key to bypassing the physical manifestation of the conflict to work on the root cause. Let me say it this way when you respond to physical challenges with physical approaches you only treat the symptoms caused by the disease. However, when you meet the material with the spiritual, you apply medication to the disease. So what do you really want? Do you want treatment or do you want a cure? The cure comes in the form of surrender. It’s not until you wave the white flag, get in a kneeling posture, and release it from your control, it is at this point you have turned the tide in the conflict. See 2 Chronicles 20:15

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E.N.Howie is a native Washingtonian who has been fortunate to experience some life-altering circumstances that have given him a different way to look at challenges. In some circles, he would be described as an eternal optimist. He believes there is a bright side to even the darkest of experiences if you will search for the light. He is a husband, mentor, community-centered individual and a sharer of inspiration.