Going the Distance
This week we begin a new sermon series inspired by the Rocky films. The star of the film is Rocky Balboa, a boxer given an opportunity to fight against the World Heavyweight Champion, Apollo Creed. Up to this point in his life, Rocky had not lived up to his potential as a boxer. Many have written him off as a “bum”. However, this newfound opportunity sparks a passion within Rocky to train and give his all as he seeks to prove it to himself that he can “go the distance” and fight through all 15 rounds against the champion.
As we enter a new year, we recognize the areas in our life where we have fallen short or not lived up to our potential. Some of us may have even resolved to make corrections or changes to our lifestyle. For many of us, we can start out strong and make some changes but, as time quickly passes, we lose our focus and determination. Like Rocky, we want to “go the distance” and follow through in making positive changes to our lives. Yet, we continue to fall short.
Paul encourages us in 2 Timothy 1:7 saying, “God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.” We cannot make progress when we try to do it all on our own. We must lean on the power we have from above to give us strength, passion, and determination. We also need our Christian community to keep us sharp and accountable. Some of us may have failed again and again and we’re beginning to believe that we are just bums. But that’s not true! God doesn’t make mistakes! We must allow for God to help us unlock our full potential so we can “go the distance” and be who God is calling us to be.