I don’t often have quotes hanging around in my head for very long…I hear and read a lot of good quotes, they just don’t stick. Last Monday I read a quote that Michael Strahan of the NY Giants said following their Super Bowl victory over the Patriots…he was quoting Mike Tyson of all people and it hasn’t left me yet.
The quote is: “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”
Strahan was responding to how they were able to rattle Tom Brady and the seemingly unstoppable New England Patriots. To me, the quote goes much deeper than football. It’s truth is something that I’ve thought about often this past week. How do I respond when things don’t go the way I planned? What do I do when life often seems unfair despite my best laid plans? We all have plans, we all are going a certain direction…but when those plans must change or we are forced to change how will I respond?
As much as it’s valuable to have a plan for your life, it’s more important to have good character and it’s more important to know how you’ll respond before you are forced to. It’s much more important to know the One who holds our future in His hands. When we are regularly placing our hope and trust in Jesus he gives us the strength we need to respond in a way that is honorable when we get “punched in the mouth”.
In John 16:33, Jesus said we’ll get “punched”. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
The Patriots would have done well to remain calm, and take heart. Instead, they fell apart in the game that mattered the most to them. We would do well to take heart, so that we may have peace when the storms of life come at us.