Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Jesus Comes to Save Us From Ourselves: A Leadership Lesson from "Creed"

Linda, Josh and I saw "Creed" last night. I loved it!

One highlight for me showed Rocky training Apollo Creed's son Adonis in the gym. They are looking into a mirror (2:25 in the clip). Rocky points to the young boxer and says, 

"See this guy here? That's the toughest opponent you're ever going to have to face. I believe that's true in the ring, and I believe that's true in life."

I read this in Thomas Merton way back in the early 1980s. When Rocky said it in the movie I heard it again. It is so true.! I want everyone who struggles within their own heart to hear these words. (Note: I'm preaching at Redeemer this coming Sunday morning, Dec. 20, on the Real Jesus (#5 of 7) - "Jesus Comes to Save Us From Ourselves.")

Merton writes:

God,  "save me from myself. Save me from my own, private, poisonous urge to change everything, to act without reason, to move for movement’s sake, to unsettle everything You have ordained. Let me rest in Your will and be silent. Then the light of Your joy will warm my life. Its fire will burn in my heart and shine for your glory. This is what I live for." (Merton, A Book of Hours)

A few years ago KoЯn's guitarist Brian Welch wrote an autobiography called Save Me From Myself. That was the best book I read that year, echoing a prayer I've brought before God for four decades. 

This is core to "working out my salvation with fear and trembling." (Philippians 2:12) I need to be rescued and redeemed and freed from my own self every day. God did it for Brian Welch.

He's doing it for me.

He'll do the same for you as you trust him.


See "22 Leadership Lessons and Quotes From Creed (Rocky 7)"