The holiday brings out a different crowd in the gym than just the usual morning regulars. Not just more people, buat a greater concentration of the dedicated, the well-built, and the fit. Distractions abound, the traffic was heavy, yet still I managed to make it more than physical. I thought of two captains, their differences, and the effect of the choice that I've made.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
Invictus by William Ernest Henley
For years I lived this. I was the captain of my soul, but now I consider it a hallmark of my wayward youth. I will let you in on a little secret that everyone from the "Greatest" to the "Buster" knows. The truth is no mater how smart we are, how good we get, or how strong we become, we all can be beat. To believe otherwise means you haven't lived long enough. I know not everyone will be able to accept this. I certainly won't have when I held "Invictus" as truth. It was only after coming face to face with my own weakness that I was able to turn to another captain who has made me truly strong.
Captain of Israel's host, and Guide
Of all who seek the land above,
Beneath Thy shadow we abide,
The cloud of Thy protecting love;
Our strength, Thy grace; our rule, Thy Word;
Our end, the glory of the Lord.
By Thine unerring Spirit led,
We shall not in the desert stray;
We shall not full direction need
Nor miss our providentail way;
As far from danger as from fear,
While Love, almighty Love, is near.
by Charles Wesley
Because I know that I am weak, He has made me strong (2 Corninthians 12:9-10). My strength, His grace. My rule, His Word. My end, His glory.