I’ve always loved athletics. As a young boy in the summer, I would play almost baseball every day in our yard with the neighborhood boys. When the fall came, we often played football. This activity continued even in the winter, as we had a basketball hoop in our garage. In high school I played three sports: soccer, basketball, and baseball. Because I went to a small college, I was able to continue in these three sports for four more years.
One sport that I never cared anything about was wrestling. From what I saw, it seemed really difficult. Even a short match can be exhausting. The physical demands of strength and endurance training pushed wrestlers to their limits. On top of that, wrestlers need to pay careful attention to their diet.
But, as a believer in Christ, I have found myself engaged in this activity. “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). I’m just learning to wrestle.