Three Guys in the Corner
Former boxer Vinny Paz lived to tell a harrowing story of survival. After losing a fight to Roger Mayweather, everyone was telling him his career was over but he was determined to fight one more big fight. He got his chance to fight Dele and won the championship. But a few weeks later he was in a devastating car crash and broke his neck. Paz pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in sports history by fighting again in less than 1.5 years after the car accident; even beating Roberto Duran.
That was certainly an amazing feat but a closer examination of his life leading up to the accident reveals something even more important and powerful. Paz lost the fight to Mayweather because he was fighting at his high school weight, a weight that was unnatural for his body. His natural weight was something like 10-20 lbs. more. For a boxer, weight matters.
Everyone was upset with his new trainer because Paz was going to have to go up 3 weight classes to fight Dele, a big risk in boxing. But his trainer was right. Paz had been trying to fight for years at a weight that was no longer right for his body so his punching suffered. After the Mayweather fight, he was hospitalized for near fatal dehydration. He was torturing his body trying to maintain a weight his body was rejecting.
So many of us are struggling in life because we are trying to live in the now with stuff from our past. Our families don’t want us to change so we “dehydrate” ourselves to try and stay the way they need us to stay. We often get stuck in the “good ol’ days” but we cannot live there.
Like Paz, we need a new trainer. The best One out there is the Holy Spirit. Through the Holy Spirit, you can discover where you need to be and what you need to be doing right now! And realize it may be so different than what you are used to but that is OK.
We all need someone to come into our life and tell us where we are missing it. Paz would have never been in the ring with the likes of Duran if Kevin Rooney hadn’t had the experience and know-how to see Paz was in the wrong weight class all along. The Holy Spirit knows what you need and when you need it. Through Him, you can finally obtain the success that has missed your grasp for too long.
In boxing, each boxer gets three guys in his corner: the trainer, assistant trainer and the cutman. In life, you get three phenomenal leaders in your corner: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. You just need to ask them into your life and submit to their training regimen.
So today, tell the Holy Spirit to train you and make you the person God created you to be. Tell the Holy Spirit that you want to know your purpose so you can walk in it and you are relying on Him to show you how. It will be the best decision you make all day!
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