Each Thursday I have the opportunity to share a “Chaplain Moment” with the men and women of the Matadors. Please join me each week as I share the musings prepared for them with you.
Something that not everyone knows about me is that I love professional wrestling. Go ahead laugh, get it out. I don’t watch it as much as I did in my first thirty years but it is still something near and dear to my heart. I love the athleticism and theatrics of it.
Since my teenage years, my favorite group was the Four Horsemen: Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, and Barry Windham (that’s the best lineup…don’t argue). Arn Anderson was known as “The Enforcer” and was my favorite. When I had aspirations of pro wrestling, he was my idol and I patterned my style and mannerisms after him. He was the quiet, profound one of the Horsemen and one of his classic quotes was, “Adversity introduces a man to himself”.
Sometimes life is difficult and we wonder how we can make it through a particularly tough stretch. Christian scripture is ripe with verses and stories, such as the 23rd Psalm, which encourages us to “walk through the valley of the shadow of death” and the Story of the Prodigal Son, that can help us to persist through the tough times and letting us know that we can find out who we truly are in the midst of struggle.
This came to mind because Tuesday, April 4th, was the 39th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man who lived and persisted through tremendous persecution for the things he believed in and to change the world.
In his memory, I will leave you with this quote from him on character. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Where are you standing?