What do Muhammad Ali, Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Ray Robinson, Joe Louis and Mike Tyson all have in common?
Well according to Google, they were/are some of the greatest boxers of all time.
When people think of boxing and fighters, I am sure for the movie lovers out there, Rocky the entire series, is at the top of your list. (Well it should be, lol!)
Have you ever had a fight or had to wrestle with something or someone?
Either growing up, while in school, with siblings, or a stranger?
Have you ever gotten in the “ring” with someone with such a resolve that you were determined to beat them even if they were bigger or stronger than you?
Or resolved in your mind that if you lost, you were going to give it your best shot and give it all you had?
Let me share a few stories with you.
I had the opportunity to watch my 6 year old nephew in his boxing class about 2 months ago. He was bobbing and weaving while his instructor kept advancing on him in order to get him to practice the moves that he had learned. I have to be honest. It was hard to watch. I had to ask my sister how in the world she could sit and watch this several times a week. Yet, my nephew kept his cool, he pushed through and used his moves to push back against his opponent and dodge his advances. I was proud of him. He had a fight in him that I hadn’t seen before.
As I watched him, I remembered as a little girl watching WWF with my dad and practicing my own moves in front of the TV. I watched countless times as the Undertaker, Macho Man, Earthquake, Million Dollar Man and Hulk Hogan entered the ring to fight their opponents. I was extremely disappointed when I discovered many years later that it wasn’t real. (Don’t laugh. It was a tragic truth for a young girl.)
Recently my best friend and I had a conversation about growing up in the Bronx and some of the fights we had. She described one specific incident she had as a teenager while she was working at the supermarket. It was with a group of girls who were known to the neighborhood as trouble. They had recently fought her older sister. That particular day, they decided they were going to step to my friend while she was at work and fight her. The ringleader of the group got on her line at the register and starting talking smart and cursing at her. She said as scared as she was, she decided she was not going to let those girls chump her or silence her. She stepped from behind the register as boldly as she could. While the girl was still talking, my friend removed her apron and said, “Do it then! I wish you would,” really loud. She knew that if she had to, she was going to fight this girl and not allow her to continue to bully her or antagonize her sister anymore. If she was going to go out, she wasn’t going out without a fight. Thankfully, she didn’t have to fight that day because the girls chickened out and ending up leaving the store.
Why do I share these two stories with you?
Recently, I, too, felt like I had stepped into the “ring”of my life, into a boxing/wrestling match with the enemy.
Yup, I slipped on my boxing gloves, my helmet (of salvation), donned my armor and got in the ring.
There were recent events and some huge revelations that took place in my life that stirred up a fight in me I didn’t realize I had.
This fight wouldn’t allow me to shrink back.
I was going to face my opponent head on.
I was determined to face the devil, look him squarely in the eyes and tell him straight up:
Do it then. I wish you would.
You see, the Lord uncovered some truths for me this week as He began connecting some more dots about my purpose. He began showing me how the enemy tried to thwart it for many years by getting me to believe some lies. Check it out here.
While He is still showing me things, He has given me some insight into how I can continue to become my best NOW-while waiting-and fight through it. One of them is through writing and this blog.
I realized the enemy has been trying to silence me for years.
I got mad ( a righteous anger) and decided I wasn’t going to take it any longer. It was time to open my mouth.
I knew this was a battle I was going to win. I was determined to give it all I had. As people often say, he should have taken me out completely when he had the chance in 2007 during my depression.
I was ready to rumble because I knew three things:
- The victory was already mine through Jesus.
- I had on the best equipment-the armor of God.
- I had the best Person fighting for, with and through me.
Check back tomorrow to see find out some truths and how you, too, can fight through to get to the purpose and things God is calling you to do in this season of waiting.
Talk to me:
- What are you currently fighting through or for?
- Do you feel like you have been in a boxing or wrestling match?
- How are you handling it?
- What are you doing to stay in the fight?