Updated: Feb 9
The knock out is the worst.
When you find yourself laying on the ground looking up, knowing you didn’t win that fight, it’s hard.
My guess is, you know what it’s like to feel as though you’ve been taken out.
You made a huge mistake.
You aren’t cutting it at work.
A relationship has ended and you’re distraught.
Anxiety and fear has taken over you.
You just can’t get it right.
Whatever it is, I know it’s a terrible feeling to be laying there defeated.
So often, we think of getting knocked down as a failure.
But that’s simply not true.
The moments that defines us are not the moments of being knocked down. The moments that define us are what happens while we are laying there on the ground.
Because it’s so easy to be consumed by failure and doubt and start believing lies.
This is right where the enemy will try to sneak in and tell you how worthless you are and how you’re wasting your time trying.
Lies like, “you’re not good enough”, “it’ll never get better”, “you can’t handle this”, all comes rolling into your head.
Laying there on your back, you have a choice to make.
You can agree with the lies and accept defeat.
Or, you can agree with God and know this isn’t over.
The fight isn’t over.
This was one round, but there are many, many more.
The truth is, you might lose more in the future, too.
Sometimes God allows us lose certain things.
But ultimately, friend, if you are walking in the Lord’s plan for your life, you aren’t going to lose. Not in the long run.
You will have to fight, though.
If you decide to fight, you are deciding to get back up and keep going. Even with the cuts, bruises and tears in your eyes.
You are doing it knowing that you aren’t alone. This isn’t even about your own strength.
Each step you take after the knock out is a living example of the grace of our God, who lifts us up to keep going.
Standing back up shows that you believe Him when He says He will fight for you, and you trust Him enough to not give up.
It’s not always pretty. In fact it’s usually not.
But what the Lord will do with you during that process will forever change you into a stronger person.
Grab ahold of the hand of grace and get back up.
You are so incredibly strong because God’s spirit inside of you has endless strength.
The knock out isn’t the end, it’s the beginning.
You decide how it goes.
~Kelli Bachara, The Unraveling Blog