I love all of the Rocky movies! One of my favorite scenes is one of the many times when Rocky gets knocked down. In a flashback, he pictures his trainer Mickey. Rocky has been beaten down to the place where he has nothing left. His strength is gone; he can hardly see or breathe but somehow he remembers Micky and finds this little spark of courage that is barely flickering. He wants to win more than anything, but he doesn’t know if he can do it this time. In his quick flashbacks of pivotal life moments, he sees Micky his trainer-- this sweet, elderly, passionate, firey coach, who valued Rocky winning a boxing title more than he valued his own life. Because Mickey cares so deeply for him and has sacrificed so much for him, Rocky’s mind goes straight to Mick in his most desperate moment. And in this scene, somehow just the remembering brings courage to Rocky. He is now fighting for someone else. He is fighting because Micky meant so much to him and he is not going to let his trainer’s passion and life’s work be left unfulfilled. Then he hears Micky say, “Get up! Get up! Cause Micky loves ya!” In that moment, He tells himself to get up and he fights. He fights for himself and he fights for Micky. He fights with strength he didn’t know he had, and he wins!
Watching that Rocky scene can bring tears to my eyes!
I was reading in the book of Joshua and heard what might be the original “Get up!” speech. The Israelites had seen amazing fights. They had been victorious over the strongest army in the world, as God had personally delivered them and fought for them, marking them winners and preceding them with a reputation of power and victory. But something happened. They lost. They were not supposed to lose because God was on their side. They were the good guys! In dismay and probable unbelief, Joshua and the leaders of Israel did not know if they could keep going. Joshua wanted to follow God and win, but because of sin in the camp, they faced a tragic defeat. Joshua was discouraged and fell on his face. and God said to him, “Get up!”
Are you discouraged about something? Have you been on your face? God tells you to get up! He has promises for you. He has a hope and a future for you. He has plans like the children of Israel's to help you defeat all of the enemies and giants in your life. Just like the Israelites purified their camp from sin, God calls us to purify our lives from the things that will destroy us and the sin that will ruin us and then he says, “Get up!” He is with us! He has hope for you today!