I’ve had a rough start this year. I feel a bit like the boxing clown toy that I had as a childthe one that when I would punch it, it would go to the floor but then bounce back so that I could render another punch. Most of us experience these seasons in which life seems to be more challenging than it should be. When we wonder, “When am I going to get a break?”

I have found that unlike that clown toy, it’s actually pretty easy to stay down once you’ve sustained a round of punches. In fact, my experiences tell me that it’s easier to stay down then to fight the good fight and get back up. I say that because I know that on my own power, in my own weakness, there are times when it is really hard to bounce back.

But here’s the good news: I don’t fight alone. I fight back disappointments and setbacks with the knowledge that God is with me always, everywhere I go. I remember the scripture from Deuteronomy 31:5, “Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.”

This morning as I drove to work I heard the song, The Good Fight by Unspoken. Some of the lyrics include the following:

When your back’s against the ropes and you’re feeling all alone
Keep fighting the good fight (Never give up, never give up)
Keep letting your light shine (Holding it high as long as you live)
‘Cause I’m never gonna leave you
Always gonna see you through to the other side

That’s been my experience. No matter how rough things get, God is with me and God gives me the strength to keep fighting the good fight, to bounce back. God has always seen me through the rough spots. Thanks be to God!

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