I’m finishing up my latest book, called “Get Back in the Game”, which should be available in a few weeks at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and elsewhere. It’s about Christians getting off the sidelines, as Christianity is a full-contact life, not a spectator one.
Unfortunately, too many Christians are woefully unprepared for a full-contact life, as I wrote in the introduction of the book:
For far too long I’ve seen Christians slaughtered like pigs from a lack of preparedness when trouble arrives, and I’m tired of watching. It’s time to do something about it. If you’re bringing (metaphorically) a knife to a gun-fight, you’ve only set yourself up as a pig going to the slaughter (put that image firmly in your mind, because we’ll come back to it. A lot).
Simply put, if you’re in a trial, if one of your kids has gone sideways, if you’re praying for healing, restoration, a job, or anything else, you will come to the point of discouragement, despair, frustration, and a point where you want to quit. Believe me, I’ve been there — more than once or twice.
So here’s the final chapter in the book:
Epilogue from “Get Back in the Game”
While preparing final edits an unexpected event occurred — I broke my arm during Taekwondo practice. Remember when I said to be prepared as in sparring you’ll get dinged? Yep, I didn’t make that up; I speak from experience. During a match I zigged when I should have zagged, and the net result is my arm ended up in multiple pieces (and two is not better than one when you’re talking about an arm bone).
That was practice, and while it’s not fun in any way, it will provide lessons (besides learning to type left-handed as I’m typing this last chapter) I’ll likely require later. When that bone broke I felt searing pain that took my breath away for an instant. A few seconds later I regained my composure and finished the match — I’ll leave it to others to decide if that was wise or not.
In that few seconds (which seemed like minutes) an amazing amount of brain activity went on, but I’ll boil it down to the essence — every atom of my body screamed quit! Go down! Take a break! Give in.
I’ve said martial arts relates to your Christian life and it does. When you’re in a trial, or praying for your child who’s gone sideways, or imploring God for a healing, you’ll definitely come to the point when every fiber of your being screams give in and quit.
I’m quite sure Job felt that way, and his problems had nothing to do with him at all. Paul definitely did, telling the church at Corinth he despaired even of life, while Elijah became afraid after defeating the prophets of Baal at Mount Carmel.
Think you’re all alone when you feel that way? Think again.
We’ve failed as a church to prepare people for the events we know will occur. Thus, when people face trials and can’t figure out why, or they get smacked in the face by the enemy for the first time they fold like a cheap lawn chair. Why? Pastors and teachers gave a phony happy-land view of Christianity where everyone gets a pony.
Living in The Matrix, they are. The question remains on the last page as the first — do you want out of the phony existence many people are trapped in? Are you prepared as a soldier of God?
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
The Christian life is (and always will be) a full-contact sport. Get back in the game!
Getting knocked down in life is a given; getting up and moving forward is a choice. (Zig Ziglar “Born to Win”, page 79)
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