“Rocky Balboa” has grown to be one of my all time favorite movies. Definitely my favorite Rocky movie of all time (and I love all of them… except #5). The scene below is a one of the main reasons why I love this film so much, and the message this scene carries is hard hitting for me. (pun maybe intended) Watch this scene and then check out my thoughts.
You might notice that Rocky is wearing a “Dempsey” t-shirt under his jacket. Former Heavyweight Champion Jack Dempsey once said:
“A champion is someone who gets up, even when he can’t.”
I find my strength is Jesus Christ. When life has been been hard, I have learned that I need to rest and rely on Him to get me through. It’s called perseverance.
Romans 5:3-5 3Not only so, but we[a] also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
There’s this continual process that God uses and allows to help shape and mold us into the person he wants us to be, and that process is called LIFE. We have the choice to stay down for the count and or get up and keep fighting, but we can’t think for one second that the strength that we use comes from us or from “within”, it comes from God.
When you are suffering, when you’re in pain, don’t throw in the towel. Tighten those boot straps, put the mouth guard back in, get up before the 10-count, and put up those dukes. The round ain’t over. He has a whole lot more fight left in YOU.