A Fighter Is Born
Men, it is a fact, we’ve been born into a broken world. In this world, there are forces looking to break us, confuse us, and make it difficult to discern right from wrong, good from evil, truth from lie. Many times the lies are painful, and pain can cause fear and insecurity. When we feel fear and insecurity we become defensive.
In my last blog post, I asked the following questions:
What lies have been whispered to you? Do you believe them? How have they shaped the man you are today? What defense mechanisms have you employed to protect yourself from the hordes?
Human beings have two basic responses to fear: fight or flight. I will admit that I’ve employed both of those responses throughout my life when I’ve felt threatened, confused, or weak. However, my main defense mechanism has always been to fight. I’ve never been one to pick fights, but I can tell you, in my younger years, when I felt like my back was against the wall, I usually came out swinging – literally and figuratively.
I still remember the first time the fighter inside me rose up and decided I wasn’t going to take it anymore. I was about six. It was summer. My two buddies and I were returning from an adventure in which our imaginations had us believing we were everything from stunt men to astronauts to superheroes to soldiers.
Afterward, on the way home, the magic of adventure and camaraderie was soon broken as one of the boys began to make fun of my asthma and other health problems. The confusion and hurt I was experiencing that day was more than I could take, so I stopped right there on the sidewalk, looked him in the eye, and told him that if he didn’t knock it off, I would hit him. He dared me to try. I made a fist, cocked my arm back, and swung, making a surprising-yet- satisfying connection with his face. The hurtful words stopped. The fighter in me had officially awoken, but my fight to prove the world wrong and win its acceptance had just begun.
How do you defend against the whispers? Are you a fighter or have you shut down and taken yourself out of the fight completely? What’s better – fight or flight? Should we fight or should we run? Is there a right way to fight?
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”
2 Timothy 1:7