“Here’s the lesson: Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your earthly possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home” (Luke 16.9 NLT).
As my fight day approached, I would focus on the time when the fight was over and I would finally be freed from the burden. Win or lose, I simply wanted to be on the other side of my time in the cage. My fight was a blur. I was so nervous and emotionally charged that I couldn’t really embrace what I just achieved. I know my family and friends were excited and proud of me, but I didn’t know what an outsider thought—just someone from the crowd. What did they think of the female fighter who talked about God from center stage after her win? As my husband and I walked to our car to drive away from my stint as a MMA fighter, we saw two men getting into a sports car. The men looked liked urban professionals in their forties who were enjoying a guys’ night out. When they saw me in the parking lot, they immediately closed their car doors, walked straight over to me and each shook my hand. They didn’t say a word as they headed back to their car. I’m glad God gave me that very special gesture of affirmation. I did His will and earned the respect of strangers.
God, I know that You want us to use our resources, gifts, talents and achievements to affect the lives of the lost, so they can start a relationship with You. You give us worldly affluence so we can have a godly influence on others. I pray that I always give You the glory and that I use up all my earthly advantages to further Your kingdom. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.