Webster defines indomitable as ‘impossible to subdue or defeat.’ This is the word that keeps coming to mind for me for 2016. I have had a hard time making it come to focus on how to put it into practice. It would be very easy for me to pour my pride into that word and become self-righteous, self-aggrandizing, and self-fulfilling. Knowing Christ like I do, I know that is the wrong way to approach it.
So, let’s start at a different place. I’m about to turn 51. For the last seven or so years, I’ve named my ages. I started with the magnum years, the resistance year, the prime year, the gold year, and so on. But 51, that’s something different entirely. So I looked up 51 and here is what I found.
51 is the jersey number to Randy Johnson, also known as the Big Unit. The 6 foot 10 inch left handed hurler was one of my favorites to watch, and cheer for. I saw him win two World Series games and then come back on one day’s rest to pitch in relief. Then there was the perfect game. Wow! To put a word to Randy Johnson would be to say, dominating. I could have a dominating year, dominating fear, getting a good handle on the farm, and my employment. That would be a truly good year.
There was a World War II airplane called the P-51 Mustang. It was the first long range fighter the United States could put into service for the war, and it was a workhorse, and gained a following similar to England’s Spitfire. I could sum up the P-51 as elegant, deadly, and long lasting, with the last ones coming out of service in the 1960’s. I would love to have an elegant year, but deadly and long lasting is not something I think I would enjoy.
Area 51 is a military reservation held by the CIA and Air Force to develop and examine secret aircraft. It’s secretive, mysterious, dangerous. It would certainly fit my secular side to have a secretive, mysterious and dangerous year. It might be fun, but I don’t see having a year like that and maintaining my relationship with God.
Then there is US-51, a national highway that stretches from outside of New Orleans to the northern reaches of Wisconsin. It’s a long road and highly travelled as a direct north-south route. It helps feed the country and helps keep families in touch with another. It’s solid, dependable, simple. A solid, dependable, simple year, doesn’t sound too attractive, but it’s a good year if it stays, solid, simple and dependable.
So how do I handle the word indomitable? I’ve decided to have the following: Indomitable Prayer, Indomitable Worship, and finally Indomitable Faith.
My prayer life will be simple, but unrestrained. I’ve learned to pray for people at the drop of a hat. I’ve learned to pray to let loose the power of God on people’s lives. I’ve learned that prayer changes things in the physical world by inviting the power of the spiritual world. I believe in miracles and I believe that prayer is an ingredient that is missing in many people’s lives. It was missing in mine for more than 40 years. I will have a prayer life that is Indomitable.
Worship is a conversation with God. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and courts with praise. It is my wish to improve my worship life and to intentionally, knowingly, give my heart to him through worship several times a week. My earnestness will overcome my poor ability to sing. I will have a worship life that is Indomitable.
It only takes faith the size of a mustard seed to move a mountain. Faith is given as a gift of the spirit, but can also be cultivated, grown, and itself turned into a spiritual force to be reckoned with. I will have the faith to move mountains. I will have the faith to stand firm. I will have the faith to cry with the heartbroken, and to cheer with the triumphant. I will have the faith to speak of my Lord and Savior at any time, at any place, to any person. I will have a faith that is Indomitable.
So this year, 2016, my 51st, will be year of Indomitable Faith.
How can I pray for you?