Just don’t mess with him.
I’m not talking about steering clear of that 6’3”, 210 lb. frame, or sidestepping his blistering right hook that my husband swears will collapse a lung. Nor am I alluding to the fact that at twenty- three he has jumped out of an airplane at 5,000 feet, hunted bear and venison with bow and carried them home on both horse and shoulder, hiked a 12,000 foot summit for the thrill of the conquer and the rush of her beauty, survived, with elation, a 75 foot drop from the steel arches of the city bridge, and floated like an eagle off cliffs 65 feet up before dropping like a bullet into the icy green waters below.
In his presence, I’d watch my words and my step if I had any inkling of what was good for me.
But for all that- that’s not why you don’t want to mess with him.
Before I approached Jordan, I’d be more inclined to check my sincerity of heart. I would examine very closely, motive. And surrender to the better angels of your nature, giving yourself fully to genuine compassion. Because he will demand this of you. His spirit will demand this of your spirit. And he will accept no less.
The greatest crime, the most grievous injustice, and the hugest disappointment that you can bring to Jordan (and the only reason for you to put a wide berth between yourself and him) is if you are foolish enough to bring a half truth or a watered- down love.
His piercing eyes will assess you while you speak. He is gifted to discern the unseen with brilliant clarity at lightning speed.
And then he takes the high road.
It isn’t his nature to go looking for confrontation or a quarrel. (In fact he’d rather be high on some mountain, sitting on his favorite rock, praying). But in response to his Commander-In- Chief’s call to courage, this valiant gatekeeper challenges, then blocks, your smuggling of hypocrisy- or concedes, after careful inspection of the pure jewels you are carrying to the king, to let you pass.
Even though he is a man of great physical strength, his greatest glory lies in his yielding to the greatest strength in the universe. The star of Truth, the absolutes of Faith, and the eternal wings of Love.
Proverbs 4: 5-13
5 Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or turn away from them.
6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you.
7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Getwisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
8 Cherish her, and she will exalt you;
embrace her, and she will honor you.
9 She will give you a garland to grace your head
and present you with a glorious crown.”
10 Listen, my son, accept what I say,
and the years of your life will be many.
11 I instruct you in the way of wisdom
and lead you along straight paths.
12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;
guard it well, for it is your life.
Proverbs 8: 10- 13
10 “Take my instruction and not silver,
And knowledge rather than choicest gold.
11 “For wisdom is better than jewels;
And all desirable things cannot compare with her.
12 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
And I find knowledge and discretion.
13 “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil;
Pride and arrogance and the evil way.
I am proud of you son. Continue in who you are and the calling on your life.
Remember the words the Lord gave to Joshua:
Joshua 1: 6-9
“Be strong and courageous ….Be strong and very courageous….. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”