The Bullfighter's Resolve

Robert Strand

bullfighterIn Costa Rica the traditional Spanish/Mexican bull fight has undergone some important and specific changes that distinguish it from what a tourist would be able to see in Spain or Mexico. The Costa Ricans no longer allow the toreador to kill the bull during the classic fight. As a result, there has been a drastic plunge in the quality of Costa Rican bullfighters. No longer do any of the good bullfighters stop in to fight in Costa Rica. THEREFORE, the Costa Ricans have altered their fights to allow anyone who is 18 or older and sober to fight the bull. It's quite a comedic spectacle!

Many of their fights begin with 100 to 150 young men dressed in bull-fighting uniforms and holding their red capes. The trumpet sounds...bull charges out of the chute...snorting, pawing, mad, and looking for something to charge! Quickly about half scramble over the sides of the ring for safety! The bull charges...and more scramble to safety! The bull charges again...now, maybe as few as five remain! From the beginning mob...just a very few are willing to face the charge. Many want the glory but few pay the price to learn the art when the fight begins. They have the clothes, the capes, the wave to the crowd...but they are only pretenders!

Lots of people can talk the talk...but few walk the talk! Teddy Roosevelt said it better than I can: "The credit belongs to those who are actually in the arena, who strive valiantly; who know the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spend themselves in a worthy cause; who at the best, know the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if they fail, fail while daring greatly so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat."

"You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised!" (Hebrews 10:35).