“Gut check – an evaluation or test of a person’s resolve, commitment, or priorities, typically with respect to a particular course of action.”
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” – 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog! How ironic, what’s seen smaller can pack a bigger punch than it’s measured to be. The underdog flipped the script and used their immeasurable’s to its advantage. How phenomenal is it that the power of self belief outweighs and stands taller over it’s opponent? Suitably, If you’re judging from outside appearances, you already lost the fight against this warrior. Deliberately, the battle was fixed in mind and spirit; therefore, it was already won. Victory was scheduled. The physical doesn’t intimidate the spiritual; God’s spiritual home-field is undisturbed and undefeated. So when it’s gut check time, the warrior within is waiting to be ignited.
There will be people who are counting you out to lose. There will be people who are rooting for you to win. There will be situations that require you to be emotionally secured in withstanding suffering. There will be expectations during success that you are responsible in maintaining. Through all of this, you play the lead role in choosing what factors you bring to the surface. What do you magnify most? Making it appear larger than it is? See a lot, you’ll see too little; see a little, you’ll see a lot.
Lift your head up high! Make no bones about it! Your eyes have seen it, your brain processed it, now it resonates with your emotions. You feel that? It’s gut check time. Take a minute to pause; what you confront flees you from its bondage. So are you acting out of faith or reacting out of fear? Take the bull by the horns; unleash the mighty and faithful warrior within!
“Pressure is self-inflicted; it’s self made. It’s the imagination; you have to be able to control your mind and understand that pressure does not exist. We create pressure ourselves.” – Kobe Bryant
“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in faith. test yourselves.” 2 Corinthians 13:5