I am a fan of the Rocky movie franchise. I've watched the movies in this franchise many, many, many times, and they never get old. Everyone, young and old, know the line "Yo Adrian"; it is timeless. I know that it may be corny, but I am and have always been a fan of the underdog. The ability for someone to triumph when all odds are stacked against them is inconceivable, so when it happens, there's a sense of sheer joy. Recently, with the Creed movies I have found another line that I will never forget. The line that says, "Life isn't about how hard you can hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward". This was oh so powerful to me!
All I could envision is a punching bag, that is repeatedly hit, beaten, and struck. Have you felt this way lately? Have you felt like you were continually being struck by the cares of life and you find yourself trying to fight back with your own strength? With every blow you try to land a blow, and with every swing you try to bob and weave, but ultimately the punch is landed. You may find yourself punch-drunk before you realize that your you're wasting your time and energy trying to strike the wind. When will we realize that the hard hits are coming, there are times and seasons in all our lives that we will feel like that punching bag, but do we cower, do we give up or do we take the hit and keep moving forward? Ecclesiastes 9:11 says "I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.". Your time is coming, wait on it.
We will never be able to hit as hard as life, nor will we ever be able to avoid life's hits. But what we can do is fixate our minds on moving forward regardless of how many hits we take. There will be times that we are able to take a hit and stand flat footed and unmoved, other times our knees may buckle, and we may go down for the count. No matter what, we must stand and remember that to everything there is season. There will be brighter days, so settle yourself, get on your knees and do war on the floor. This is how you shake off the beating. Just as with Rocky, the more hits we take the more determined we must become to keep moving forward. No matter how many times it looks like the enemy has won the fight, we must not forget that victory is ours, he is already defeated, and that we shall be the last one standing!