“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4.7 NIV).
While I trained, I was able to fly to Florida to see an actual MMA bout. I followed Jessica Aguilar (ranked in the top five of female fighters) to her weigh-in the night before. I watched her prepare for her fight the next day. I sat in her corner during the fight. And I stood center stage with her when she won by decision. The entire fighting championship was surreal, exciting and overwhelming; but my favorite part was watching Jessica prepare for her fight – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. What intrigued me most was how peaceful she was. I couldn’t believe that someone who was about to walk into the cage could be so at ease. Almost two months later, I found myself in her shoes. I was getting ready for a fight in front of thousands of people, and I was completely at peace – kind of like being in the eye of the storm. When I thought about how calm I was, I remembered Jessica before her fight; and I finally understood. When you train hard – pouring all of your heart, strength and energy into preparing for your fight – you are left with no regrets and with a firm knowledge that you are ready. Win or lose—you’ve held nothing back. There is immense peace in knowing that you gave it your all. God has called us into this cage of faith called life, and we need to fight the good fight.
God, I don’t want to end my life with regret. I don’t want to squander the time you have given me living a mediocre and marginal existence. I promise to give You my all, and I trust that You will take my little life and make it into something beautiful and inspiring. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.