Are you a boxing fan? I sure was as I grew in a village where big fights would be the talk of the town and people would gather on fight night in the homes of those privileged to own a television. I remember going to a family friend’s house at the edge of the village to catch the long-awaited fight between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson. That was definitely one for the history books.
About a month ago, as I sat down to journal I began to write the following piece. I call it “The Boxing Ring”.
She finds herself in a boxing ring and is convinced that she is on the losing side. She is being pummelled mercilessly, and in between blows she casts desperate glances in her corner where her trainer stands.
This fight needs to be over and yet, the trainer won’t throw in the white towel, instead, he waits for the bell to ring.
Ding! Ding! Ding! At last! She gets a chance to catch her breath. As she slumps onto the stool, the unspoken question hangs in the air between her and the trainer. “Why didn’t you stop the fight? “Why didn’t you throw in the towel.”
With a calm and steady voice, the trainer responds, “I didn’t throw in the towel because I would be forfeiting your victory. You’ve already won this fight, you just don’t see it yet. You became convinced with every blow from your opponent that you were defeated already. If I throw in the towel I would be robbing you of your victory.
“You need to go back in that ring and start fighting from a place of victory, not from a place of defeat. Switch to the offensive, hit your opponent where it hurts. This is your victory, it’s time to take it!”
Dear reader, if you can relate to this story, know that you are not alone in this. Even if it feels like life is throwing you into the middle of a boxing ring, know that you will overcome. Put your hands up and fight, let your opponent know that you are done running. Take your rightful place. Don’t give up the ground that you’ve already gained just because things are hard now. You’ve made it this far. Keep going.
Victory in Jesus
Our victory is found in Jesus. Read that again. Your victory is found in Jesus. Not in your own strength, wisdom, or resources. Let the words of this old hymn rise up in your heart.
Oh victory in Jesus, my Savior forever
He sought me and He bought me with His redeeming blood
He loved me ‘ere I knew Him and all my love is due Him
He plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood,E. M. Barlett
5 Verses You Should Hold On To
- “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor. 15:57
- “I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.” Ps 25:2
- “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37
- ” You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4
- “for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4
You Gotta Fight
By Andrea Rodriguez. All Rights Reserved
Put your hands up Sis. You gotta fight. Fight for yourself. You gonna give up the ground you gained? You gotta fight through this pain. It's not easy, this holy and hard walk. You know that it's not all talk. You gotta fight. Fight for yourself. Do all you can to stand, then keep standing. Who do you think you are? Insignificant? Unseen? Unworthy? No Sis, you are just the opposite. You're not gonna forfeit. You are His Image Bearer, Daughter of the Most High, Redeemed, Victorious, Loved. You are who He died for.Yes, I know you're tired.Yes, I know you're disappointed. Yes, I know you're hurt. Yes, I know you're broken. Yes, I know you're misunderstood. But you gotta fight. It's not over yet. You are needed. You are wanted. So take yourself off the floor. Wipe away those tears. Yes, put your hands up. You gotta fight