“Chocolate bars are getting smaller, and everything is getting so expensive. I guess it is what it is.”
“We just have to live with it.”
That was the conversation between two people on the shuttle bus as I was heading to Heathrow Airport in the U.K. I was returning from the She Leads America hosted U. K. leadership forum at Windsor Castle and tired from a nonstop schedule but energized and enlightened with new perspectives on multiple levels.

Settling with just “how it is” wasn’t on the lips of the women whom I had spent the weekend with at this historic gathering. Granted, we were discussing some dramatic changes we see happening in both our countries and the world (and not the size of chocolate bars), but it made me stop and think about how easy it is for us to settle; to take the way of the world and trudge on doing nothing. It is counter to what God has mandated for us to do. He said, “Go” and make disciples—followers and believers of His Word and wisdom—and tell of His redemptive love that sets us free.

What was equally interesting about this particular gathering and the coming together of leaders of women from the U.S. and the U.K was that it was convening on the 80th anniversary of D-Day; June 6th, 1944 was the historic day the Americans joined with their allies, the Brits, to defeat the evil of Hitler and the Nazi regime of WWII. Evil today continues. The prince of darkness and his evil forces are still working to defeat believers of life, liberty, and the pursuit of God’s Biblical foundations that bring eternal happiness. This gathering of fearless leaders at Windsor Castle was not settling—they are determined, confident, and willing to leap with total abandon into the fire of the culture war and fight for God’s Kingdom.

God is calling us to strap on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:13-17)

When you study the words and journey of Paul, who had been raised by parents enslaved, his focus throughout his ministry was on “setting the captives free.” He understood what it was like to be under the restrictive laws and governances of the Roman Empire. Jesus had come to set us not only free from the evils that Paul lived in at the time, but He came to teach us how to flourish. God’s truth and wisdom are more relevant than ever as we’re held captive to cultural norms and the broken world we live in today.

The world teaches us “fight or flight.” Jesus teaches a third way – the Jesus way. We are to stand. We are to lean into His truth and righteousness and be decerning and clever when we are confronted as He was. We are to be “sly as serpents and gentle as doves.” But that means we must be equipped with the knowledge of God’s Word. Engagement in Him is essential. If we are to withstand the constant bombing of evil, we must know the sound of His delivering voice when He speaks to our inner soul. We are to be active listeners willing and obedient to take on cultural battles. It means stepping into the muck and bullets that are being fired at us. It means saying, “I am not going to settle, and it doesn’t have to be just the way it is.”

Are you prepared and equipped for God’s D-day?

Like Peter stepping out of the boat onto stormy water, God’s calling us to step into the stormy waters of our world. To keep our eyes on Him with a confident trust, obedient heart and walk out into the miraculous. Every day, we must trust in life-giving sources—the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. We do all these things without ever thinking about it. This is how God wants us to trust in Him—fully confident in His goodness, breathing in and out without a second thought.

Jesus said He came to bring us life. And not only life but one that is abundantly full of joy. Do you believe Him? Are you willing to put on the full armor of God? Do you believe that amid challenges, uncertainty, and an anti-biblical culture confronting us today, He is Lord of all?

“Trust in the Lord, with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding (knowledge) but in all your ways acknowledge Him (confidently), and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

It’s time to stop settling!