Revolutionary

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My first exposure to the word “revolutionary” was learning about the American Revolutionary War in middle school. In case you’ve shoved U.S. History into the dusty corners of your brain, here’s a little refresher:

The story of the American Revolution begins in 1765 with the American patriots protesting taxation without representation following the enactment of the Stamp Act by the British government. The protests escalated into boycotts, eventually leading to the Boston Tea Party in 1773 (que images of men in Colonial era garb tossing boxes of tea off of a giant wooden boat). Shortly thereafter, Britain imposed punitive measures on the colonies. The British’s response prompted the formation of the Continental Congress, which coordinated the colonies’ resistance efforts against the British and served as the governing body during the Revolution. In 1776, the colonies’ militia out-muscled the British, forcing the British to evacuate the colonies. On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted for independence, and on July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed, giving birth to the country we live in today.

The story of the American Revolution paints a vivid picture of what a revolutionary looks like. The patriots were courageous men and women who boldly stood up in the face of tyranny and oppression, relentlessly pursuing justice without counting the cost. Their revolution was not accomplished in one day or even one year. Rather, the revolutionaries made a conscious choice every day to persevere and to use their time, talent, and resources to keep fighting the good fight.

This year, 2018, is the year of the revolutionary. To live out this mission, the first question we have to ask ourselves is this: “What does it mean to be a revolutionary?”

Being a Be Love Revolutionary means being a courageous woman who boldly stands up in the face of tyranny and oppression, relentlessly pursuing justice without counting the cost. Our revolution will not be accomplished in one day or even one year. Rather, we must make a conscious choice every day to persevere and open our hearts to the Holy Spirit, using our time, talent, and resources to keep fighting the good fight.  

The greatest temptation, and perhaps the greatest threat, to the Be Love Revolution is putting our revolutionary spirit in a box. What I mean by that is this: the temptation is there to only be a Be Love Revolutionary when it’s easy or convenient. It’s easy to be a Be Love Revolutionary when you’re in a supportive environment and around like-minded people. It’s convenient to be a Be Love Revolutionary while you’re on retreat or at a church event.

A true revolutionary cannot be contained.

What if the American Revolutionaries only participated in the revolution when it was easy or convenient? Odds are, if that were the case, we would most certainly still be living in colonies controlled by the British. Our country never would have reached independence if the American Revolutionaries had put their revolutionary spirit in a box.

This is our year, ladies. This is our year to renew our zeal for being a revolutionary for God’s love. This is our year to be courageous and bold, letting our revolutionary spirit out of the box.

I’m ready to be a Be Love Revolutionary, are you?