No Retreat, No Surrender?

Back in the mid-80s there was a movie called “No Retreat, No Surrender.” My brother and I absolutely loved this movie.

I cannot tell you how many times we watched it. What I can tell you is why we liked it so much.

“No Retreat, No Surrender” is a story about a young boy who is faced with adversity, challenge and despair by a bully. He goes through some rigorous martial arts training to get him through and on to victory. Low and behold he has success. However, success didn’t come easy to him.

He had to continuously push through. He had to surrender himself to what he didn’t know so that can be victorious.

Life is the same way. We look at challenges as mere detours which plan to throw us off track. Sometimes we let those barriers control where we go. Then there are some times we don’t let them take over. We see a hole in the road, we go around out. We see a wall in our way, we climb over it. We see the challenges for the opportunity of growth.

We, just like the young boy in the movie, surrender what we don’t know so that we can grow. Surrendering is like a habit. Initially it seems daunting, but after continuously doing it, it becomes a pleasure to perform.

Rather than retreating to a hole and giving up, why don’t we retreat from our current situations, surrender ourselves to the potential we have already been blessed with.

Right now, this very moment… I retreat my old way of thinking and surrender myself. Today is the new day. Today begins a journey I commit to a new way of life. A new way of thinking, acting, and being.

I enjoy today for what it is, a blessing to be alive. A blessing to change people’s lives. A blessing to be all that I was meant to be.

Will you retreat and surrender? If so, we can go on this journey together. All we have to do is “Let Go!”

  • Let go of what happened in the past, for it can never be changed.
  • Let go of hoping for what tomorrow brings, as we only have today to be present.
  • Let go of what we think we know, for it’s what we don’t know that matters.
  • Let go of control, as control is only for those who cannot trust.
  • Let go of our ego, as it will never get the instant gratification it truly desires.
  • Let go of fear, for it’s a figment of our imagination.
  • Let go of doubt, as uncertainty is a state which we no longer accept.

Life does not have to be difficult, but often we make it difficult. We can surrender right now.

What if we trimmed back our life, what would it be like? We would have less to think about, less to worry about, or less to do. Life would be so much simpler, but not necessarily easy. And that’s ok because we can’t expect to get anything out of life without putting the effort, time and frustration into.

I know my life was designed this way for a reason. I was put here to overcome these “challenges” and perhaps you were too. Or maybe you have some other challenges. Just know that you can overcome them and you don’t have to do it alone.

One thing I’m grateful for and helps me get through them is the team I work closely with everyday. They help me grow and they help me become who I was intended to be.

I will ask you one more time, will you retreat and surrender?

Jason and I sure appreciate you taking time out of this glorious day and reading this. We know you are joining us here for a reason.

God bless you…
Jerome Ratliff

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