Are you Up for the Fight?




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Carl Thomas

Pastor | Live Free Founder | Lover of Jesus, Philly sports, fitness, tattoos, sarcasm, and craft beers.

This past weekend was a sobering one for me and my family.

We are all Philadelphia sports fans and had to witness the untimely end of our Phillies’ storybook postseason run.

Baseball fan or not, I think anyone can appreciate the excitement of seeing your team make it to the championship round only to experience crushing defeat after taking a 2-1 series lead earlier in the week.

Such is the life of a Philadelphia sports fan.

But while their loss at the hands of the Houston Astros certainly hurt as a sports fan, I am still very happy with the team and what they did. I still see the season as a success.


Because they fought.

Understand, the Phillies snuck into the postseason as a wildcard and were the underdog in every series they faced. Yet, they played their tails off and to the shock of most in the sports world, they fought their way into a World Series appearance. 

See, as a fan of my local teams, the one thing I care about more than anything is the level of fight our players have when the game is on the line. 

Teams that scratch, claw, and don’t give up get my affection.
Teams that don’t, get my apathy.

Because the reality is this.

Sometimes the opponent will be too strong.
Sometimes the challenge will prove to be too great.
Sometimes there has to be a “rebuild.”

But if the team shows up every day, works hard, and fights, there will always be a sense of satisfaction in knowing they didn’t give up. And there will also be a level of confidence that one day they may win it all.


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The Phillies showed me this year the power of belief.

They believed they could beat anyone.

They believed they had a team that could weather any storm.

They believed they always had a shot.

They believed that their destiny was in their hands.

And that belief fueled their willingness to fight their way almost to the top. And that is a success story in and of its own, no matter how you look at it, even though the final result didn’t end up quite the way we all had hoped.

That’s sports.

But it’s also life.

Now admittedly, when it pertains to the recovery world, I am not a huge fan of “fighting” language. That’s because I feel that recovery is more about learning how to function or live in a healthy way versus fighting unhealthy habits or temptations. 

Yet, there is no denying that those who find success in their freedom efforts do have to do their fair share of believing and “fighting.”

They have to believe that…

– Freedom is possible.
– They were meant for something better than a life of addiction.
– Their identity is not wrapped up in their performance.
– Shame is not their friend.
– They don’t need to face recovery alone.

Which means they have fight the… 

– Temptation of apathy.
– Setbacks and frustrations they may face from time to time.
– Thoughts of giving up when facing adversity.
– Urge to withdraw and hide when feeling shame.
– Belief that success is found in one’s results.
– Idea that once they “make it” they can stop working.

Recovery does require a fight. But it’s the same type of fight we all face whether it be life, work, marriage, or our spiritual life.

If you are struggling with porn, masturbation, or any other form of sexual behavior and seek freedom, be ready for a fight.

But the fight is not the process itself. Learning, growing, and sharing are not combat activities. These are things we all need to do to become a better version of ourselves. However, there will be times when continuing seems like a fight, and it’s in those moments you will have a decision to make.

Do you stick it out and fight?

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