If we endure hardship, we will reign with him.
II Timothy 2:12
Some wins will require dogged endurance and rugged resilience. Some wins will require mental toughness and physical agility. Some wins will require you to take a few hits.
RGII can take a hit. He’s down in the photo above, but he always gets back up. He’s got what I call “Bounce-back-ability.” He has had two, (count’em, TWO) knee surgeries, and yet he’s still going strong. He’s taken too many hits for my liking, but Redskins Nation loves the affable, 2012 Rookie of the Year because he can take a hit.
So can you take a hit? Can you survive a shot to the ribs or incidental contact that leaves you with a black eye, a busted lip or a bloody nose? Can you survive being tackled out-of-bounds? Can you survive an elbow to the throat, or a knee to the groin? These are the marks of warrior’s who have fought battles on life’s field of play.
So can you take a hit? Physical hits may injure, but spiritual hits wound deeper and hurt longer. Take, for instance an angry, upset co-worker who’s mad at you for being right but doesn’t understand why she’s wrong? What about an agitated applicant who “pays your salary with his taxes” who doesn’t understand why he can’t get his application approved on the spot? Or can you take a sincerely wrong fellow Christian who “does you in” and doesn’t care how you feel about it? All these and many, many more are hits we will invariably take.
So can you take a hit? Can you take an upset and malicious supervisor’s negative reaction to a challenge? Can you take being mistreated by a friend who disregards your feelings? Can you take the cold shoulder of a relative who is holding a grudge? Can you take it when you’re right and the other person is wrong, yet, for peace sake, you take the high road?
Our Lord endured the cross and despised the shame. Our Redeemer humbled himself unto death, even the death of the cross. Our Savior was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities. He was flogged, vilified and crucified. Jesus proved that He could take a hit. And because he endured, we can endure too.
Because of Christ, you can take a hit.