In his book of philosophical and satirical stories, Fuzzy Memories, Jack Handey writes, “There used to be this bully who would demand my lunch money every day. Since I was smaller, I would give it to him. But then I decided to fight back. I started taking karate lessons. but then the karate coach said I had to start paying him $5 per lesson. So I just went back to paying the bully.”
Isn’t that like most of us? We figure it’s easier to pay the bully than to learn how to defeat him.
Sadly, in the same way, we often continue to live lives bound to addictions and personal struggles, rather than wage war to overcome them. We allow our struggles to define us, and we live in defeat rather than victory.
The good news is we’re not alone. The great Apostle Paul – a saint if ever there was one – fought battles his whole life. You can read about it in Romans 6 and 7. But he found the victory through surrender to his Higher Power, Jesus Christ.
And that’s the good news. Tony Campolo was right when he said, “Each of us comes into the world with a predisposition to live in such a way as to inflict pain on those who love us most, and to offend the God who cares for us infinitely.”
But through surrender, we find the strength to win the battles of life – no matter how great.
So you have a choice. You can take lessons from the greatest Coach who ever lived, and learn how to win life’s battles. Or you can spend the rest of your life paying the bully.