Learning to Fight

By Jim Voigt

I took my fair share of punches in elementary school.  I’d call them fights but some where fights and some were just me taking punches.  I was usually sticking up for the kid who was taking some abuse.  Learning to fight is not something we talk about in church much but can be of great importance.  If you don’t learn to fight for some things in life then they will be taken away from you.

If you are married, you need to learn to fight for your marriage.  This means learning to fight fair with your spouse.  It’s good to be be gracious and giving but not everyone is wired that way.  I once watched a good friend and his wife have a shouting match in the living room of their apartment.  My jaw must have been wide open because she looked at me and growled, “if this makes you uncomfortable, then you can step outside!”  My friend had to learn to defend himself and fight with his wife because that’s how she felt like he was engaged in their relationship.  Sometimes you have to fight for your kids.  Your child isn’t always able to communicate properly with other adults.  If an adult acts or speaks inappropriately to your child, then you should be ready to let someone know their behavior was unacceptable.  In some cases you may have to fight for your dreams and goals.  Doors can open up for us in life, but sometimes they don’t.  If it’s something you really desire in life then you should be ready to kick some doors in.  Be prepared to get knocked down a couple of times in the pursuit of your dreams but the key is don’t stay down!  Get up, dust yourself off and keep fighting to fulfill your hopes and aspirations.

1 Timothy 6:12 says, “Fight the good fight of faith.  Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”  The Apostle Paul is attempting to teach young Timothy about the importance of fighting.  Paul says to get aggressive and “take hold of eternal life” because that’s what he agreed to do through his confession to others.  That’s why it’s good to have friends that will fight with you.  Those friendships hold you accountable to fight for the things in life that really matter most.  So what is it that you need to fight for this week?  It’s time to roll up your sleeves and pray some “fighting prayers”!  “God, help me to not quit on the people you have partnered me with and to not roll over on the dreams you have placed in my heart.  Give me strength and courage to fight the good fight this week!”  May God give you the stamina to put those gloves on and jump in the ring.