The reason behind the why we do what we do is the passion that fuels people. In 1990 Buster Douglas faced off versus Mike Tyson for the heavyweight boxing championship. At the time Mike Tyson was the undefeated heavyweight champion and Buster Douglas was a huge underdog. Tyson had a 37-0 record with 32 knockouts.
In the 8th round of the fight, Tyson knocked down Douglas and many thought that was it. However, Douglas got back up with one second to spare after a 9-second count. In Tyson’s eyes it didn’t matter, because he came out in the 9th round determined to finish off Douglas.
Buster Douglas said after the fight, “Listen to me, it’s really simple. Before my mother died she told the whole world that I was going to beat Mike Tyson.” Douglas’s mother had died a few weeks before the fight, which got him down, but Douglas decided to dedicate the fight to his mother and make her prediction true. At the end of the 8th round, in his dazed state, he thought, “I can wake up and live for mom.”
In the 9th round a crazy outcome began to take shape. Douglas started to fight back with everything that he had. In the 10th round Douglas did the unthinkable and knocked out Mike Tyson in the biggest boxing upset of all-time! His “why reason” was greater than Tyson’s punch. His “why reason” was greater than defeat.
For Christians we know that we have the greatest “why reason” ever. Because of Jesus suffering and death on the cross and resurrection three days later we are motivated to live lives worthy of the love we have been shown. Our passion can be to give glory to God in all that we do and to share His love with others.
Sometimes life will knock us down, but we know that we have to keep getting back up and moving forward. We know that God can get us through any problems, sadness, or setbacks. God is our passion that we need to keep focused on and everything else will be put into perspective.
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