🥒In order to face adversity & fight for what you believe in, you’ve got to become a pickle🥒

Here’s what I mean:

Josh Taylor, a talented musician and writer from the band half•alive (which you should totally be listening to, because if not, what are you even doing?!) has a series called ‘simple poems’ over on the Tweeter.

simple•poem 046 reads thus:

to take on the invisible is a feat beyond measure
to stand your ground you must be pickled
be baptized a fearful cucumber
& emerge a zealous pickle

@iamjoshuataylor on twitter

If you’re fighting for something, believing for anything, you cannot do so for any length without a certain measure of faith.

Eventually, your own reserves will tap out. You’ll become discouraged, tired, and ready to throw in the towel.

You must then draw from a backup source (which, truthfully, should be the *first* source).

🥒Believing for a promotion you’re not entirely qualified for is daring.

🥒Standing your ground for an issue that is important to you is daring.

🥒Voicing your deeply held beliefs, even when you know it could cost you, is daring.

🥒Starting a business or venture is daring.

🥒Making major changes to your career, lifestyle, or family is daring.

🥒Advocating for social change is daring.

🥒Opposing injustice and hatred is daring.

🥒Doing something different and new is daring.

🥒Being vulnerable is daring.

To have faith that what you’re doing is meaningful and right is downright risky. And as such, it requires a solitude, a steadiness, and unwavering courage.

If you are going to take on a cause, and actually stick with it, stand in it, and face whatever comes with resolution, you must submerge your fears and doubts in your faith.

You must become so saturated in your hope that nothing can deter you. You must be pickled along with the sugar and vinegar of your cause. Immerse yourself in that belief, and hold onto it for dear life.

Bathe your fears in the brine of your vocation. Without doing so, you cannot stand in the face of adversity.

Allow your fears to float to the bottom of the jar along with your self-doubt and the dill.

Against all discouragement and setback, you must believe. Keep working. Keep standing. Drown yourself in the salty waters of your hope.

It is only then that you emerge stronger, resilient, and ready to take on the impossible.

If you are not secure in your belief or goal, you will crumble when opposition arises. If you do not believe in your cause, how can anyone else?

Be baptized a fearful cucumber, and emerge a zealous pickle. 🥒


Psssst. A bonus awaits you below! I originally posted this article on LinkedIn, so I didn’t include the scripture I had in mind (because I believe that platform should largely be devoid of religious beliefs and politics…y’know. Cause people are mean. And that’s not what it’s for).

But this is my lil corner of the internets, so I can Jesus you up if I want to 💅👇

In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might.

Ephesians 6:10, AMP

It is your faith in God’s ability that will carry you when you have exhausted the capacity of your own strength. It’s sad, and I’m guilty of it, too, that we often wait until we’re tapped out to tap in. When truthfully, God should not be a back-up generator, but the main power source!