In recent months there have been many suicides. People are feeling that there is nothing to live for, no reason to pursue happiness and peace, no desire to stay in the fight. Well, I have something to say about that. I’ve come to confront and dispel that lie. We have so many reasons to live and stay in the fight.
“Losing To Champion Doesn’t Hurt Mitchell The Philadelphia Boxer Fought Hard Before Going Down Swinging Against Julio Cesar Chavez. — The weighty hands of Julio Cesar Chavez, the hands that have changed the course of many a career, stung Frankie Mitchell on Saturday night. But they did not make him run or hide, and they did not put his career in a slide. Philadelphia’s Mitchell, inspired by the biggest fight of his life, succumbed to Chavez in a little more than three rounds at the Las Vegas Hilton. But he lost with his leather flying. ‘He’s not going to run,’ Dean Rosenberg, one of the men who manage Mitchell, had said a day before the match. ‘If he’s going to go, he’s going to go down swinging. ‘Mitchell fought very valiantly, but I was very confident that I could knock him out,’ said Chavez.” — (Mike Bruton Inquirer Staff Writer, Posted: Aug. 3, 1992, Las Vegas)
Though many have never heard of this boxer, we have to admit that his convictions are very encouraging. Mitchell was very determined to stay in the fight until the end.
With his frame of mind he would win the fight even though he may technically lose.
What really mattered was how Mitchell viewed himself, not what the newspaper read, or how the public viewed him. He saw himself as a winner, not a washed-up has-been, or a loser. Sometimes in life the odds maybe stacked up against us, but when we are determined that we are going to come out swinging, like Mitchell, we have to say to ourselves and others that are in our corner, “I’m not running or hiding,” although life may hit hard and deliver a knock-down punch, and yes, the sting of life may have changed the course of many lives, but I refuse to be destroyed. I’m just like a Weeble, I may get knocked down to the floor, but with the help of the Lord, I’m coming back up.
Even Mitchell’s enemy said, “Mitchell fought very valiantly.” We have to let life know that we are valiant fighters. There are many people counting and depending on us to stay in the fight, and win as many rounds as possible. Winning is really about showing-up and staying in the fight. Have you ever noticed that we look into the sky and see all the stars and are enamored over how beautiful they are? We are infatuated with the falling stars, but what about the stars that never fall. Aren’t they just as great, or perhaps even greater? To be in the presence of those that are considered so great, and yet not succumb to the pressure to become something that you are not, takes a lot courage and resilience. So many succumb to this type of pressure, and feel hopeless to the point of wanting to end their own life, believing this is the answer to the problem. Well it is not, and it’s time to talk about it. Somebody say something.
John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”