Once you get tired of running, great things can happen.
Two men in the story of David, Eleazar and Shammash, are listed back-to-back with each other. They both got tired of running, fought it out, and won. Their stories are found in 2 Samuel 23:9-12. It talks about their battles that were different but with similar circumstances. When everyone else was running, they stood their ground one to the point of exhaustion, one defending a field of beans, both brought about a great victory. It wasn’t just for them, but everyone they were in relationship with benefited.
Sound familiar? It does, because this is also you. Even if it isn’t right now, it can be.
David, the man they fought with, had done it too. When others were scared and ran, he did not. 1 Samuel 17 tells the story of his fight with Goliath. Verse 57 is my favorite. After it was all over, late in the day, David was still carrying the head of the much larger man he killed. David didn’t want anyone to forget it was him who killed the giant, that it was him who turned the battle, that it was him who went for it when no one else would. It worked, because though King Saul loved David, told about in 1 Sam 16:21, Saul didn’t know much about him, even though David was his armer bearer and his personal musician. After David killed Goliath, Saul wanted to know more than David’s name, he wanted to know who he was, where he was from, asking twice whose son he was.
When you stop running and start fighting, when you defend what you have, you bring about great victory. There’s prep work for sure. You watch the sheep, you stay committed, you practice with your weapons. You defend the flock, you kill a bear, you kill a lion. More than that, you get the sheep back. The prep work for greatness happens because you do what is in front of you. You eat what is on your plate. Little by little you work through your stuff, you watch, you act, you learn, you grow.
Conor Mcgregor is an UFC fighter, and is a fantastic example to be aspired to. He is committed to doing the work, taking the steps, living the life, working hard, valuing himself, loyalty to his team, his family, his country. There seems to be a lot of hate out there for him because of his trash talk, but I think that it isn’t trash talk, rather it’s truth-telling. He’s a great fighter, and he keeps proving it. He keeps rising, he keeps getting paid, he keeps showing up, doing what he said he would do. His words articulate the journey. You have to love the confidence, the dedication, the masculinity of this man who has come from low places and yet can speak at a level above the highly educated.
Conor is my guy, but if he doesn’t do it for you, find your own. Find a man that speaks to you, whose example makes your heart burn, that connects to the places deep with in you. You don’t need just one. Find many. It’s good to look up to people. It’s healthy, actually. You rise with them, you learn and pull from their lives. Whether he is an athlete, a businessman, a speaker, an eccentric, musician, adventurer, artist, world leader, writer, a simple godly man that lives a quiet life, an activist, reformer, visionary, scholar, billionaire, tradesman. Whoever he is, let him teach you something. Let him help you become a better man. Let him inspire you.
Be it Eleazar, Shammah, David, or Conor Mcgregor, let someone help you picture what is possible. Grab onto greatness. Find a field and fight for it.