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Back against the wall and the walls are closing in. Do you coward in the corner or brace yourself, ready to defend? Champ or chump, choice is up to you. The only way to find out is come out swinging and make it do what it do. But the victor is not based solely on the one who wins, but victory comes in having the courage to pick yourself up, push yourself off the wall, and fight to the very end. ~ BrotherWord
There are tests in life that will have you teetering on the verge of complete collapse. Whether physical, mental, or emotional, everyone has a breaking point which they feel they can no longer go any further. How many of you have been at that point? How many have been at the bottom with no hope of ever rising again? How many have thrown in the towel and gave up?
This thing called life is not for the meek or faint of heart and as I am often reminded, those that have and are living in their purpose, the attacks are more frequent and twice as brutal! Isn’t that how a typical boxing match works though? There are two fighters in the ring, well trained, willing to throw punches, and ready to defend. But how quickly it changes when one boxer is taking a barrage of punches, pushed up against the ropes, and all the training in the world does not seem to matter.
No different in life. Ethnicity, social class, education, financial status, none of it makes us impervious to the punches of life. What separates champions is what they do in times of adversity. What will you do when you take a punch, get knocked down, find yourself with your back against the wall? Fight! There is not other answer. Fight! Sometimes the fight may mean swing and punch your way out. Sometimes it may mean ducking and avoiding the blows. Other times it may mean being strategic and cerebral. Could also mean taking an emotional and spiritual account of matters and reassessing your inner person. Either way, fight with every weapon you have and do not stop fighting until you find yourself victorious. You may find your back against the wall, but that does not mean that is where you have to stay.
Never give up or give in. It is at the bleakest times we shine brightest and when we discover there is no limit to how far we can go. At the edge of despair and defeat, God will either catch you when you fall or teach you how to fly.
When God pushes you to the edge of difficulty, trust Him fully because two things can happen. Either He can catch you when you fall or He will teach you how to fly!
Are you familiar with the story of the mother eagle? She provides a nest for her eaglets, nurturing them, feeding them, protecting, and ensuring that they are well taken care of and have an opportunity to grow and experience what life has to offer. But this is not a lifelong setting and soon the realities of life start to unfold. Soon the mother eagle will take her offspring in her mouth, fly out the nest and release them! As the baby eagle begins to descend, she swoops in, catching them and returning them to the nest. The process is repeated over and over and she begins to disassemble the nest in the process as well.
The purpose is multi-faceted:
1.) Encourage the offspring to fly and fulfill their potential. By dropping them, they quickly learn how fleeing life can be and how at a moment’s notice you could be sitting up high and have it all come tumbling down. In order to soar in life, you have to spread your wings and fly.
2.) To show them that life is not about being comfortable and no matter how much others may provide a comfortable environment, at some point each of us has to leave home and discover our own paths.
3.) That no matter how far we fall, those that love us and care about us will be there to catch us no matter what. We all will fall short and at one point or another come crashing down, but there will still be those who care who will be there to soften the blow and rescue us for certain doom.
4.) To not be afraid of our potential and even if we are afraid, to overcome it. We each have to discover who we are and what we are capable of and the only way to do that is my stepping out on faith!
Like the eaglets, many of us want to be at ease, no difficulties, and coasting through life, but it is the challenges of life that shape us and mold us into who we are destined to become. Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.
The challenge today is to let go of anything or anyone that is holding you back, anything that is stopping your from fulfilling your destiny, anything that is prevented you from spreading your wings and flying. If it is not challenging you, it is not growing you, and anything that is not growing you is causing you to become stagnant and decay. As uncomfortable and frightening as the ledge may seem, it isn’t until you take that leap that you realize you don’t have to fall, but instead roam the sky and discover new horizons.
“In the ashes of adversity, lies opportunity.” ~ S.L. Coelho