The earthquake which devastated Mexico City several years ago had saddened the hearts of many with scenes and stories of human suffering.  But ironically, this  unbelievable tragedy had periodically gladdened the hearts of everyone with stories of heroism and hope.  One such event was the rescue of two little babies, a boy and a girl.  Both were buried for several days in the rubble of the hospital where they were born.  Rescuers were surprised to find them, not only alive, but in remarkably good condition and crying at the tops of their voices.  A physician, interviewed at the scene, said, “All babies are born fighters, and it was that fighting spirit which helped to keep them alive.”

If that doctor was correct in his analysis – and I suspect, he was – that means each of us is also a born fighter.  But what I am wondering is the condition of that fighting spirit in us today.  Have we still got it?  Are we putting it to its proper use?  Let’s face it, life in this world is seldom a picnic.  More often than not, it is a struggle.  The world around us is discouraging.  Add to that an array of personal problems.  Some are physically handicapped.  Some are unemployed.  Some are disappointed in ambition.  Some are disillusioned in love.  Many are whipped by moral failure.  The accumulation of all this is that many people are sometimes tempted to give up the fight.  In the secret places of the human heart, where even our closest friends cannot see, some of us have just about lost our fighting spirit.  Are some of us beginning to ask those fatal questions – What’s the use?  Why bother?  What does it really matter?  In contrast to that, the scriptures point our attention to the fact that we must be brave.  There are few things in life that we need more than a fighting spirit.  We may lose a lot of battles in this secular, materialistic society, but we have not lost the war as long as we have the will to fight on.  For when we have lost that fighting spirit, everything is lost until and unless we can get it back.  If we keep our lives in line with Jesus, we can indeed get that fighting spirit back and we will be victorious.

We are aware, of course, that there may be someone facing a situation so heartbreaking that were we dealing with that individual, we would not be talking this way.  Instead, we would be trying, if possible, to lift some of those burdens.  Nevertheless, most of us can and should do something worthwhile with our situation and with that of our society, if we do not lose our fighting spirit that will win things and people back to God.

Someone may be wondering what all this has to do with our Christian faith.  The right answer is “everything.”  Make no mistake about it, Jesus was a fighter, not with swords, not with fists, but a fighter nonetheless – winning people back to God.  He was fighting for you and for me.  He took His stand, and He would not back down, not even in the face of the Cross.  So, our Christian faith will be well spent if we can join that proud company of Christians and go out each day to face life with a renewed courage.  Keep your lives focused on Jesus and win the moment and the world for Him.  Remember, Christ has given us His word that “He has overcome the world.”  With Him all things are possible.