I have enjoyed wrestling with friends–not exactly the kind pictured here, however. I respect the tenacity of wrestlers since I grew up with a wrestling brother. He trained and trained and stretched himself to the limits of his abilities and strength. The Greeks knew this so wrestling was used to condition and train as well as competition.
As Christians, do we wrestle enough? Are we too safe with each other that we never ask the hard questions of each other or never challenge each other? Sure, some of us are just mean and tear down others, but I am talking about wrestling. In wrestling you have to agree to a certain set of ethics and rules of engagement.
I have two groups meeting right now that are stretching me and the guys meeting with me. The idea is that we wrestle–not bashing and on the other hand not placating each other. We need community–even us guys–to learn and grow. Jesus wrestled with his disciples this way. He shaped their thinking and prepared them to begin a movement that changed the world and the eternal trajectory for billions of people.
How are you wrestling fellow brothers (and sisters) with your thinking and spirituality these days?