Catholicity of Wrestling
Wrestling is a goldmine of Catholic object lessons. Even those who aren’t fans of the greatest sport ever can appreciate the illustrations. Here is another one illustrating Romans 5:1-5.
Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Every year I deal with kids who expect to walk onto a mat and win. No effort. No discipline. No heart. Those kids wash out fast. Unfortunately, many hang around, playing at wrestling and looking for the bare minimum they can do and still call themselves a wrestler. Ever seen anything like that in your favorite sport? What about work? What about the Christian life?
There is no place on a varsity squad for a poser. Coaches need competitors. I will keep a kid with heart who works over a kid who sits and makes excuses though talented. They do not represent what we stand for or for the sport. Likely, those lazy ones at your office are not the ones chosen to represent your firm.
We are designed for a relationship with God. When we cooperate with His grace, we accomplish amazing things. When we fall, we can be restored and strengthened. We cut ourselves out of the picture when we do not embrace the struggle and the discipline it takes to be part of this team. Guys, relationship with Christ is not passive. It is work. Faith IS action.
Be encouraged to know that the suffering and the work, when offered and engaged (not endured and seeking escape) produces AMAZING results in our minds, bodies, and spirit. In short, our whole person is transformed. Quit listening to the voices entreating you to flee difficulty, to take it easy, to rest on some sort of knowledge or feeling. God is not ignorant of your situation and he cares more than you know. Trust that the grace you need is there. He knows what you can really handle. Buck up and fight. Farther along you will begin to see the results. Be converted to Christ.
Jesus, I trust in you!
Posted on June 13, 2014, in Catholic Family, Catholic Husbands, Catholic Manliness, Personal Witness, Sacraments of the Catholic Church, Spiritual Warfare and tagged challenge men, growing in faith, romans 5, Suffering. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.