Dare 2B Daring - June 07, 2018
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“To me, that concept of surrender, of giving yourself over to something inexorable, something so much larger than yourself, is the basis of what we call faith.” – John Lewis
On November 30, 1979, Ray Charles “Sugar Ray” Leonard defeated Wilfred Benitez for the WBC Welterweight Championship. The bout was fought at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas and Leonard, a 1976 Olympic gold medalist, dominated the fight.
After a successful title defense against Dave “Boy” Green that ended with a KO in the fourth round, Leonard stepped into the ring again on June 20, 1980. This time the location was the Olympic Stadium in Montreal and his opponent was Roberto Duran, a former world champion widely considered to be “pound for pound” the best fighter in the world.
Forgoing his trainer Angelo Dundee’s advice, Leonard decided to go toe-to-toe with Duran instead of bobbing and weaving around the ring. The result was a unanimous decision for Duran and his “Hands of Stone”.
Stripped of his title, Leonard signed up for a rematch against Duran just five months later. This time, he followed Dundee’s wise counsel to the tee. Duran was clearly out of shape, having gained a lot of weight in the ensuing months and then crash-dieting to sweat it off.
In the seventh round, Leonard stunned Duran with a left jab that made his eyes water. One round later, Duran turned his back to Leonard and told the referee, “No Mas” or “No More”. He simply walked to his corner and gave up trying.
Duran fought for another 20 years, winning numerous bouts and several more world titles. However, he never quite lived down his reputation as a quitter.
I’ve never stepped into a boxing ring, but I am one of the most competitive persons you’ll ever meet. No matter the odds, I refuse to give up and if I lose, I demand a rematch ASAP.
However, there have been several times in my life when I gladly said, “No Mas”. The first was in March 1977, when I trusted Jesus Christ as my Savior. The second was in April 1982, when I made Him my Lord. And the third was in September 1986, when I finally surrendered every aspect of my life to Him.
There is no shame in surrendering to God. In fact, I highly recommend it. After all, He is the One True Undisputed and Undefeated Champion of the World!
“I am the LORD, and there is no other; there is no God besides Me.” Isaiah 45:5 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President