• Nick Henderson

The mark of a mature Christian

“Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb but how well you bounce.” - Vivian Komori

After graduating high school, I dabbled in the world of boxing and MMA.

From the moment I stepped foot on the canvas, I loved it. I enjoyed both the physical demands and immense focus it required to nail down all the various techniques.

I went to every class and did all that was asked of me. I really felt like I was progressing!

After a few months of practicing, I stepped into the ring for my first sparring match. I was rehearsing my game plan and combos in my head - I was ready to go, so I thought.

The sparring match did not go well. I don’t remember much, besides getting punched in the face multiple times.

Afterward, I was reflecting on my poor performance with my trainer. I began to offer up reason after reason as to why my plan or technique did not hold up. After my incessant whining, he told me something I’ll never forget: “Everybody has a plan, until they get punched in the face.”

Oddly enough, that’s not just true in a boxing or MMA fight, it’s true in our faith.

Everybody sings loud and proud during worship, until they’re loved one passes away.

Christians are all about consistent prayer, until their significant other breaks up with them.

People are so quick to talk about how good God is, until they lose their job.

We all plan to love God with all of our heart, mind and soul. Yet, when life punches us in the face with a tremendous trial we lose sight of that amazing plan.

Nobody intends to let their faith wane, but the immense fatigue of life can force us into that place.

My boxing coach went on to inform me that the difference between experienced fighters and novices is the ability to stick with the gameplan - regardless of the trouble the fight brings.

In short, beginners bail from their technique and training, veterans stick with it no matter what.

Knowing this, that’s the difference between mature and immature Christians as well. The ability to stick with what we know, regardless of what happens in our lives.

To know that God is good and worthy of all of our praise and works no matter what happens to us.

Anybody can post bible verses, sing their favorite worship song at church and read their bible when life is good.

But when life knocks you right on the nose with hardship, what do you do?

Do you blame God and withhold His well - deserved worship?

Or do you remain steadfast and strong in the midst of the trial you’re in? Believing wholeheartedly and proclaiming boldly that God is still good and worthy of praise - despite the situation at hand.

Praise God always.

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