In Our Own Hands


The opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating an enemy is provided by the enemy himself. – Sun Tzu

For a few years in my childhood, my Dad lived in Nashville, TN. On his weekends, I would go down there for a visit. A visit usually included a trip to Chuck E Cheese and Whac-A-Mole was one of my favorite games to play.

For those who have no idea of what I am talking about here is little visual.

Don’t you just love the satisfaction of hitting them little suckers on the head? I certainly do!! 🙂 And the more you hit, the higher your score. Double bonus 🙂

At times, this is how I feel in the “game of life”. There is always an enemy popping his little head up trying to start trouble, to hit you in a weak spot with the intent of knocking you “off” your game.

He knows what bothers you. He knows what upsets you. So, he sends his little “moles” in to do his dirty work.  He’s fast and he is random too just like those in the game.  Sometimes those moles are random people and sometimes they are who you once considered a close friend.

The actions and words of the “moles” makes you start to doubt and question yourself which is exactly what the enemy wants. But just like those moles, you can squash those feelings, those emotions and send them right back into their holes. Who knows, with enough pressure applied, maybe you can defeat them once and for all.

As I am walking out yet another challenge and the raw feelings subside, I see through the little mole that the enemy has recently sent my way. I dig into myself to find the truth, the truth of who I am and what I stand for.  The truth that I know exists.

As that truth starts to make its way back, so does my power. I guess my enemy failed to realize that a little blow to the head wasn’t going to stop me. I always land on my feet and No weapon formed against me shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17).

I’m not sure what enemy you are facing today, but I hope you are like me in that you pick up your mallet and get your “head” back in the game. Go ahead, whack that mole upside his head. It feels good, trust me 🙂



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