WHAT’S HOLDING YOU BACK???

4 Mar

We all have so called ‘BIG’ dreams & goals that we strive to achieve everyday but what about the ‘LITTLE’ things in life we do each day with no effort or second thought.

Driving a car, tying your shoe lace, or even washing your face are all actions people do everyday without thinking twice of how to carry out these activities.

What if you only had one hand or arm! Would you think twice before trying to carry out certain actions? A lot of people (including you & me at times!) will use any excuse possible to prevent us from at least just attempting something, never mind actually seeing something through until it has been completed!

Well let me introduce you to Callum. Callum is a young man who trains at Kings Boxing Club. When he was a baby/toddler, his body contracted meningitis. As a result he eventually lost his left hand & a portion of his forearm as well as other physical complications.

You may now be wondering what is he doing in a boxing gym? Don’t you need two hands to box??
Well yes you do need two hands to compete in the sport of boxing, but as Callum has shown, you don’t need two hands to train & even spar in a boxing gym!!!

On the day this picture was taken, the weather was very nice & hot (for England!). Callum & I had just finished training & were standing next to the window looking at the ‘locals’ socializing around a nearby shop.
The majority of the people we saw at one time or another use to train at Kings. For whatever reasons they no longer do & had now chosen to intoxicate their lungs & bodies, rather than rejuvenate & vitalise them!

Let it be known, I am not judging anyone nor writing anyone off as I believe everyone can change the direction of their life with one simple decision – ROMANS 10:9. Also I use to be that person on the street corner, so I know first hand it would be unwise of me to predict anyone’s future based on what you see today!

When I compare Callum & his situation to myself & situations I have been involved with in the past, I cannot help but ask myself the question, “What was holding you back?” from adopting Callum’s attitude when I was going through my ‘hard times’???

I was physically & mentally able to carry out whatever needed to be done to receive a positive, victorious outcome…..but did I?….NO I did not!!!

We all can list many examples of when we have blamed someone else for our shortcomings or given the excuse to why we were unable to do something, but if we are really honest with ourselves I’m sure we all could say there was something more I could have done!
Instead we chose what seemed like the easy option at the time, took pity on ourselves & selected the blame game.

In the Old Testament the Israelites played the blame game for 40 years! They wondered around in the wilderness, on street corners, in their beds blaming Moses & anyone else they could think of for why they had not received what God had promised them.

Who was Callum to blame? He was a baby when his body came under attack. If he really wanted to I’m sure he could have looked into his family history & found someone to blame but what good would that have done?
Instead Callum chose to make a stand with a positive decision! He chose to not let his physical attributes stop him from taking part in a sport he enjoys. In fact he is a very good boxer (I’m not taking the credit!!!) & I pre-warn anyone who he may spar with in the future, if you think it’s going to be easy or easier than if he had two hand & equal length arms.

When sparring, Callum still has two gloves on & has adapted his style & techniques to suit his tactics. I can be a personal witness to what can happen if you forget that his arms are not the same length & misjudge the distance you think you need to be in order to be out of reach of lead hook to the head!!! On top of this because he is a switch hitter (changes from right to left handed stance) he can easily confuses anyone who gets in the ring with him!

So there it is. Whether you have had a bad upbringing from birth, physical or mental issues, or just a bad start to life (as we all have in one way or another!), you can decide today to take a whole new attitude on life, your future & begin to turn things around for the better with one simple decision! DO IT NOW. ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE! – ImageTION

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