by Heather Tietz
One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty; one who rules his spirit, than he who takes a city.
Those to whom winning comes easy have often been the pick of the populace. “If you can protect us, then you must be able to lead us.” However, renowned military generals have turned into presidents with questionable human rights records. Corrupt business owners who don’t pay fair wages have found themselves in the midst of strikes and uprisings.
In everyday life, no one wants to live on a battlefront. It is not easy to share life with the one who must always be right, the one eager to conquer the conversation, the one knocking everyone down with their critical eye and judgmental hand. No one wins fans or family by shaking fists or biting words.
For over forty years Sylvester Stallone’s “Rocky” has been appearing on the big screen. Many people loved him because he was a winner, a warrior. After all, in Rocky IV, he won the Cold War and made the Russians respect America.
But now it is possible to see his character differently. People are drawn to him because of his life outside the ring. There we see meekness and faithfulness in his intimate relationships. We see him turn the cheek when wronged. He is someone who chooses humility over power.
Jesus was the ultimate winning warrior. He won His arguments. He taught His lessons. He reprimanded His disciples. All was done with measured words and controlled emotions. He led with love. When you live in Christ, you can too.