Fighting the Good Fight of Faith
I never knew how many boxing or “fight” fans that existed in the world until the recent fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. The one thing that I recognized is that all of us are familiar with being in a fight and we can all relate to it on some level. As we know, not all fights are physical fist fights. Some fights deal with our health, finances, relationships, families, or even our soul.
Often times, being involved in a fight causes us to dig deep and take a stand for what is really important to us. Thus, all of us can draw some type of connection when boxers step into a ring to fight, which I think is a great tool of reflection for our lives, outside of the obvious entertainment factor.
Most fans will consider a fight to be great when the match involves slugging, toe-to-toe punching, busted faces, and/or knock-outs. One of the things that is highly criticized in boxing is when a fighter is good enough to master the ART of hitting without getting hit a lot. This may generate a boring fight to some, but that is an awesome demonstration of how we should fight in the battle of life. With that said, how can we transfer that same type of wisdom and ingenious behavior in our lives?
I’m learning that life will HIT you with problems when you don’t display a good defensive strategy. Scripture says that wisdom is a “defense” (Eccl 7:12). Therefore, we have to learn how to live life where we can master defensive strategies and counterpunch with aggression and urgency when necessary.
I’m discovering that strategic planning (wisdom in action) can help minimize getting hit with the so-called surprises of life. This can be done by living within your means, creating emergency funds, getting proper maintenance for your car, maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, investing in your education, investing time with your family, investing in your kid’s education, investing in your spiritual growth, saving for retirement, and etc. These strategies are important because we all know that an inevitable big balled-up fist from life is coming our way sooner or later.
On the other hand, with regards to fighting back, being aggressive with these action plans after getting hit with a setback allows us to comeback with a flurry of counter-punches. Our setbacks can be a setup for a comeback, but we have to be willing to fight back! This requires intentional effort of taking the bull by the horns and saying that “enough is enough”. Once we get ahead in the fight, we can get cruise in the fight with strategic planning and defensive fighting, which minimizes us from getting hit a lot.
We are called to fight the good fight of faith, but the good fight of faith involves standing up for what we believe in, developing a plan, executing the plan, being relentless and never quitting. Amen. Be blessed.
Written By: Quincy Mason
Published by: Inner Faith Wealth Builders !Evangelism
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