By Samuel Lam
This blog post was inspired by wrestling. Yes, since the WWE Network launched two weeks ago, I have not stopped watching great wrestling clips. One of the classic matches came several years ago during Wrestlemania (wrestling’s Super Bowl, if you will) and there was this one matchup between Shawn Michaels (a born-again Christian) against the Undertaker (the deadman of the underworld). The storyline and buildup was phenomenal and their entrances inspired me to write this.
Watch the above video for the amazing promo (and entire match) or if you like, you can skip ahead to the entrances at the 4:12 mark or click here.
In wrestling, what attracts audiences for so many years (aside from the great physical aspect) is the storyline. There’s always a battle between a fan favorite versus a villain. And it’s always the good vs evil rivalry and storyline that continues to grab my attention. And in a way, it seems like that our life is like a wrestling storyline.
Our goal is to reach the top (be champion) but every now and then, there is someone in our way to stop us. The same can be said about our faith as we reach towards God but encounter road blocks.
The bad guy will prevent us from reaching our goal or they try to stop us from following the right path. The bad guy wants to rule over us. They challenge us, fight us, and do everything they can to make us fall off. Our idea of what is right and what is wrong is challenged.
Much like our walk in faith, Satan throws these bad influences in our way whom we have to wrestle. We sometimes cave in and listen to the villain. Other times, we give up way too early. Sometimes we even question ourselves or God because of it. Staying on the right path is challenging.
Our spiritual walk is not easy when being tempted by all the things that detour us from God. Every day we know that we have to stay the course in our faith, but sometimes we run into that speed bump. It’s a tough battle. We have to be strong and face it.
But no battle is ever fought alone. God reminds us that with Him, we will remain standing.
Finally, let the mighty strength of the Lord make you strong. Put on all the armor that God gives, so you can defend yourself against the devil’s tricks. We are not fighting against humans. We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and powers in the spiritual world. So put on all the armor that God gives. Then when that evil day comes, you will be able to defend yourself. And when the battle is over, you will still be standing firm.
Ephesians 6:10-13 (Contemporary English Version)
It’s hard to imagine that our lives, our faith, is a battlefield. But it is. We have to put on our God armor and be ready to wrestle whatever forces try to stop us. It’s not going to be easy. But when we have to, we step into the ring and take on our opposition. We are ready.
Sometimes we get pinned and lose the match. In the process, we could get hurt. But that doesn’t mean it’s over. We get right back up and fight again. Our path with God in His armor will give us the strength and protection going forward. David saw it when he faced Goliath. We have the exact same protection when we face our giant in the ring of life.
But unlike a wrestling storyline, good always ends up on top.
We may have to suplex, powerbomb and dropkick our way to get back on the right path to the top. Our championship gold is God and that’s why we continue to battle. The prize is that wonderful and is worth the fight.
And when we do triumph, it’s amazing. It’s a celebration. God celebrates. Our family celebrates. Our friends celebrate. I’d imagine it would look something like this celebration.
Never give up, for we will be victorious in God.
Samuel Lam: Samuel is a Bay Area native living in Southern California working in sports media. He blogs on many topics, including sports, music, movies, travel and especially faith. Sam also runs his own personal sports blog on his free time. Check him out at: Green Eggs and Lam & But At The End Of The Day.