Sunday, August 30, 2020

The Strangest Punch in Boxing History


Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Joe Louis and Mike Tyson are some of the most recognized boxers in the history of the sport. But you’ve probably never heard of C.D. Blalock, who also made boxing history.

In the 1930’s, Blalock stepped into the boxing ring to fight his opponent. In one of the oddest moments in boxing, Blalock took a swing at his opponent, missed, and ended up hitting himself in his own face. He staggered around the ring and fell unconscious on the canvas. C.D. Blalock was the only prizefighter to ever score a knockout against himself!

Many people today keep beating themselves up over things they’ve done. They throw an uppercut to the jaw over mistakes and wrong decisions they’ve made, instead of learning from it and moving on. They punch themselves in the face by hating themselves, instead of accepting themselves as God’s creation. Then they deliver the knock-out blow with the punch of guilt, instead of receiving God’s forgiveness and cleansing.

First Timothy 6:12 says, Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called.” When we beat ourselves up, we’re not fighting the good fight, but the bad fight. The good fight knocks out the lies of Satan and embraces God’s truth.

Stop beating yourself up. Get up off the canvas and finish the fight of faith. When you win the good fight, you will raise your hands in victory. “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us” (Rom. 8:37). 
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