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This Pacman Doesn’t Gobble Ghosts

Posted by undergroundchurch on November 23, 2010

I am no fan of boxing, but once in a lifetime a person comes along that you just have to love no matter their occupation. His name is Manny (Pacmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan) Pacquiao. I see him as “Manny-smiles”.

His sport is a violent one. The basic object, beat your opponent up before he beats you up. (Sounds like how the rest of the world works, but I digress.)

There are two lessons I learned from watching the 60 Minutes video of him – see below. First, He has a unique skill in boxing; he is equally devastating with both fists.

You may not think that is a very big deal, but when you are on the receiving end, you don’t look for jab, jab, jab, PUNCH! You look out for PUNCH, PUNCH, PUNCH. He is an ambidextrous boxer, and the pain comes from all sides.

We believers need to learn to deal with the enemy of our souls in the same way. Don’t just shore up one part of your life; train your whole life – body, soul, mind, spirit, heart, etc. to be equally strong to both stand against the enemy and to do battle with him when that time comes. Build up the weak areas in your life and reinforce the strong areas.

Second, Manny-smiles! Fighting is not easy, but Manny smiles anyway. Why? I believe it comes from knowing who he is and where he came from. He was a dead man on the streets of the Philippine islands. He worked hard and got a break. He has now won the championship in 8 different weight classes. I guess you could say that he enjoys the battles because he expects to win.

There are a lot of defeated Christians trying to battle through life with a lack of assurance that they can or ever will win. The Scriptures say that we are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ (Romans 8:37), so do battle with a smile. You might get hit a few times, but I have a secret for you… the fight has been fixed. You will win in the end!

So fight like you know it.


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