I told Nancy all I wanted for Christmas–other than a new jaw, of course–was to see the movie “Creed.” Hailing from the Philly area and long a fan of the “Rocky” films, regardless of their relative quality, I wanted to see this latest edition in the saga, even if it hadn’t gotten such a good review. For Flikster’s take on the film click here.
The point of this post isn’t for me to review the film, although my bride and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sylvester Stallone delivers a surprisingly nuanced performance as Adonis Creed’s trainer. Michael B. Jordan is riveting in his portrayal of the conflicted son of one time heavyweight champion Apollo Creed. Be advised if you do see it, that there is one scene of PG-13 sensuality which did not seem necessary to me, but Hollywood will be Hollywood.
Oops, I slipped into review mode after all. Enough of that.
I felt led to do this post because I sensed the Lord speaking to me rather distinctly through the movie. OK, some of you are thinking, pastor’s painkillers have taken their toll. I’m not talking about any kind of audible voice. It’s hard to describe. I’ve only ever had it happen to me one other time that I can recall. That was back in 2001 with the movie “Castaway.” So this is rare. But just as the Lord had a word of encouragement for me with Tom’s Hanks’ port-o-potty washed ashore his island prison, He clearly used this film in a common grace timely way to help prepare me for what looms around the corner in 2016.
Take a look at the trailer, if you like, and I will explain what I mean.
In the film, Creed has his fight and Rocky has his. “It’s just another fight,” Adonis pleads. They got me with the two of them standing before the mirror. So in the ring, also in life. One’s biggest opponent is oneself. “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24). As for this jaw replacement challenge, it’s just like any other fight. “One step, one punch, one round at a time.” Oh I wish that oft repeated line in the movie had made its way into the trailer! That, dear ones, is the creed according to “Creed.”
What heavyweight bout looms on your fight card in 2016?
So maybe God won’t speak to you from a movie, but what about these jewels from His word as you enter the New Year fray?
“Fight the good fight of the faith” (1 Tim. 6:12).
“If God is for us, who can be against us” (Rom. 8:31)?
“We are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Rom. 8:37).
It’s just another fight.
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Impacting reminder…thank you!
I recently heard a message that resonates with your post here. The speaker asked this question: “What challenging circumstance will require ‘greatness’ of you?” He defined “greatness” as a moment or moments that will force you to depend on God in a new way this year–to have faith in the One who is bigger than both you and your circumstances.
Another friend of mine posted another encouragement for all of her friends to consider on Facebook. She challenged each of us to choose one word that would mark 2016. One word for both you and I in 2016, that seems to parallel your post: Perseverance.
Love you, brother!
Thanks for your comment, brother. Love you too!