shadows on the road

40 Days of Prayer: Day 27

I watched “Creed” last night. Yeah, I’m a sucker for a Rocky Balboa movie even when he isn’t the main character. The main character was Adonis Johnson, Apollo Creed’s son.  Creed was the heavy weight champion of the world who became Rocky’s best friend and trainer. Creed was killed in the ring before Adonis was born to his mistress. 

Losing his mother at an early age, Adonis found himself in a lot of fights. Actually, his life was one big fight. He was mad at everyone. Creed’s wife tracked him down when he was a young boy and raised him as her own son.  Still Adonis couldn’t find happiness. Eventually, Rocky, in a way that only Rocky cold, pointed out that he was still hiding in the big shadow of Apollo. 

Adonis found that the only way to get out of the shadow was to walk in to his own light. He couldn’t run from his past. He had to face it. Yeah, it’s a bit sappy but it begs the question, “what shadow are you hiding in?” Is it the shadow of doubt? Or the shadow of unmet expectations? Fear? Disappointment? Does the success of others make you feel small? 

One step to take on the path to the light is to learn to celebrate when others succeed. Appreciate the uniqueness in others and you will begin to see your own. Realize that God’s expectations for you are independent of outside influence. He doesn’t measure you by others. He measures you by the abilities that He placed inside of you. Thank God that you are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 13914). And do what the writer of that psalm said, praise. Praise God not just with your words but by living to your full potential. Take a step today; a step out of the shadows. 

Thank you for reading. Now, please go to our Prayer Wall and pray for the needs there. You may also add your own need there. 

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