Bam! One hit, then another and before you know it you’re knocked flat! Life has away of throwing punches at you in succession and the blows can feel too much to withstand. As you lie there beaten up you wonder, “Will I be able to rise again”? All you can do is remain still until you regain your bearings, knowing that you must hang on until the pounding subsides.
As I listened to the Prime Minister of Canada share his story of becoming a boxing champ, it resonated with me in what we experience in life. We are up against a real enemy. The Bible tells us that Satan goes about like a lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8 ). We are in a spiritual battle that we cannot see; yet one we can feel as one blow after the next rears its head against us.
The Prime Minister said this, “Most people think that being the best boxer means that you are the one who can give the hardest hits. But that’s not true. You must be the one who can keep taking the biggest hits but keep getting up every time”.
What a great analogy for life! No matter how many blows the enemy tries to throw at you, whether in your health, relationships, emotions, finances or your spiritual walk, you may feel beaten up and even have to have a “time out” of sorts to regain your strength; but the key to winning is being able to take what comes at you and then bouncing back. Get up off the floor [or in my case rise up from months in bed due to a pain flare] and keep going. Give life you’re very best. And even in the times where you feel flattened, give it time and rise up once more.
You never know who is watching you and how you might impact them. On a beautiful, sunny, weather just right kind of day, Kevin and I [with some good friends and family] decided to visit an Irish pub in Old Town Alexandria, VA. Kevin loves a good Irish stew and the occasional Irish coffee. As our meals arrived we all joined hands and proceeded to thank the Lord for his bountiful goodness. As we were enjoying the last of our meal a young man walked up to our table and said, “I just had to come over and say hello and tell you how much I appreciated seeing you all pray before your meal.”
It was unexpected in a pub with a bar lined with patrons. And he was moved to say a resounding, “AMEN”. He ended up joining us as well as the girl he was with and we had great conversation and laughs. And just like out of a sitcom, my girlfriend, Mely, asked if he was single (he was) and pulled out a photo of her daughter.
We left the pub filled with good food and, more importantly, hearts filled with good feelings from fellowship and laughter. We said our goodbyes and continued our stroll towards an ice-cream shop. My friend Linda was saying, “I just loved that young man, I could take him home and adopt him”, when I turned slightly spying him and his friend trailing behind us. We belly laughed as they heard us and they then decided to join us for dessert and more conversation.
I hope that this encourages you to be yourself and shine your light for Christ wherever you go. The world is filled with darkness and needs more light! Be bold in your walk friends, you never know who might be watching!
- Yummy ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s