Fighting the good fight of Faith
As a believer in Jesus Christ, I remember growing up and would often think life of being an easy road or a lack of difficulty and obstacles. However, as I got older, I quickly began to realize that life is often not fair, can be cruel, life happens, and bad things happen to good people. Whether it be a sickness, break up of a relationship or divorce, legal matters such a child custody fight, or fighting for things in your life that have meaning or important to you. No, this isn’t a “physical fight”. It’s a spiritual one. That’s why it’s so vitally important you learn how to fight the good fight of Faith.
Life often posses challenges. Some are expected fights or circumstances that be expected and then sometimes, one will catch us off guard every now and again right out of the blue. I know for me, personally at least, this has happened on multiple occasions.We, as Christians are charged and challenged to “fight” these battles by faith. In 1 Timothy 6:12 states ” Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. ” What that means to me and others is that we have to “fight” many of our battles by faith. Meaning, we have to hold onto God’s word and what he says about our life or circumstance, instead of what we might see. 2 Corinthians says “For we walk by faith, not by sight” 5:7 New King James Version (NKJV)
What that means to me and hopefully you too, is that sometimes we have to hold on to hope. We may be faced with a circumstance or situation that isn’t fair or right. We have to hold onto to hope and have “faith”, believing everything will work out in the end. Just one of many examples I could give you is my own custody battle that I, and many other fathers face and go through every single day in this nation and around the world. According to scripture, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 King James Version (KJV)
Fighting for your child
To be completely transparent, I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel regarding my fight or custody battle to be in my child’s life. I would miss weekend after weekend, year after year of court ordered visitations and nothing changed. For eight years this went on and then one day, finally it changed. I was awarded 50/50 shared custody. I say this because I know many fathers and dads out there want and desire the same thing. They just want to be an equal parent and father to their child and spend time with them raising them. After all, it is their child and they have right to be in their lives. Statistic after statistic proves it’s in the best interest of the child. At times, I thought it would never work out. Things would never change. But, I kept my faith in God and believed He would work it out. It wasn’t always easy. In fact, it has been the hardest journey of my life and we continue to fight and have legal issues to this day so I don’t want you to necessarily think that if you do end up being awarded 50/50 shared custody you’ve found the gold at the end of the rainbow or life decides to stop and revolve around you because you won 50/50 custody. Yes, having been awarded 50/50 custody the relationship with my child has improved drastically, I just wanted to give you fair warning there are still potential obstacles in your life and that may not be the end of your journey.
Don’t give up. I know it’s hard. It’s not fair. The odds are stacked against you. But I can tell you good things can happen if you don’t quit. Whether fighting an addiction, fighting for your marriage, your career, your life or even your child. Good things happens when you don’t quit and place your faith in God. I say this from experience. You may feel under qualified, not worthy, or whatever negative thoughts your mind is telling you. But, I’m here to tell you this is not how your story has to end!!! If your struggling with an addiction read what I wrote here. If you’re fighting to spend more time with your child or fighting for 50/50 custody see what this attorney has to say. Fighting for your finances, talk with a money coach for free. If you just need some one to talk to or pray with you reach out here. We here at fightingdads.com care for you and are here for you. That’s the whole point of this site is to help others. we know that life can be tough. We know the pain and frustrations of life and want to encourage you to not give up the fight! So, keep fighting the good fight of faith and never give up!
William and Charlotte Whitworth