you want a piece of me?

My last few posts have been a bit on the mushy side. My very last post (and most popular to date according to my stats, go figure) was about “quilting”. It is with this in mind that I implore upon you to please excuse the violent nature of this post as I swing my ever powerful “man-a-tude” pendulum to the opposite extreme.

With the causes and effects of war we are not concerned. Its continued existence is inevitable and its results for good or evil are beyond all human power to avert or change. — George S. Patton, Jr. 1927


Rock Balboa had a battle to fight.

He was challenged by men that didn’t know him; ridiculed by those who knew him less; questioned by those closest to him, doubted by those he respected; and found no support, initially, from those he loved. He had no reason to follow through. He had every reason to cower. He had been supplied any and every excuse he needed to back down.

But he chose to fight anyway.


Rocky could have chosen to fight for the city of Philadelphia. It would have been a noble enough cause; to represent the “everyday Joe”. He could have chosen to try to find his inspiration from the people in the town he grew up in. He could have shown everyone in that town, that questioned his ability, that he was “somebody”. He could put his name up in lights and on the map.

But that was not cause enough, alone, to keep fighting.


Rocky could have spent his energy trying to prove to his “father figure” that he was “worth it”; that he was better than he appeared to be. He could have tried to find inspiration by getting attention from the one man he respected more than any other. He could have fought for Mickey’s approval.

But that was not cause enough, alone, to keep fighting.


Rocky could have fought to create opportunities to take care of his friends and family. He could have martyred himself to “provide”. Rocky could have put himself to the test to benefit those he loved. He could have showed them that he was not a bum. That he could amount to something so great that it would carry them all through life with minimal worries. Rocky could have done it for fame or fortune.

But that was not cause enough, alone, to keep fighting.


Rocky could have fought to save the woman in distress. He could have devoted his actions to his muse. He easily could have fought to “woo” his lady love. After all, he was IN love, and what more fulfilling was there to capture her heart than through a battle to express his intensity. Rocky could have counted on her seeing his passion and desire through his craft. He could win her heart by defeating his enemy right before her eyes.

But that was not cause enough, alone, to keep fighting. (Sorry girls)


Instead, he fought for himself.

Notice I said FOR himself, not BY himself. From the very first scene in the movie, it was apparent that his greatest fan was cheering him on. (Check out the wall) Rocky had faith in his talent because his faith was in God. He had to prove that he would not take lightly the gift that he had been given.

“The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.”   —John 8:29

THAT is why Rocky fought. THAT is why YOU should fight. We need to show God that we trust that he has equiped us with all the talent we need to fight off ANY of the things that are harmful to us. We need to train hard for the days that they taunts us most, and nothing should get in our way of “knocking them out” all together. We can stop the ememy in it’s tracks. Men were born to be fighters.

“Now get out there and knock his block off” —Mickey Goldmill, 1976


“For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.”   —Matthew 6:13


4 Responses to you want a piece of me?

  1. Sally says:


  2. Chantal says:

    Gonna Fly Now! That was great….

  3. Susie says:

    Hope it’s OK, my feminine fighter side takes inspiration from this. Women were born to fight, too, when fighting is what’s required of us. I’ve been in the fight of my life the last couple of years. With the same source of strength as Rocky had. Yo!

  4. Yeah — it’s hard not to love Rocky. And you’re right, we need to fight “the good fight” because the fight is worth fighting.

    Your point about his gift reminds me of Chariots of Fire, when Eric Liddell says “I believe God made me for a purpose. But he also made me fast.” And then his friend Sandy notes that it’s a time when we need “muscular Christians.”

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