Discouraged? – John Boruff

The movie Nacho Libre tells the true story of a Catholic monk in Mexico who was secretly a luchador wrestler by night. In this scene, poor Nacho, who always gets beat up in the ring, is really down on himself and discouraged. You see, because last night he tried to impress a girl by letting her watch him defend her. Or so the plan was contrived. His friend, in this scene–named Steven–was supposed to bring some of his friends to a certain location and pretend to mug him and the girl. Then, he said, they would stage a fight in front of the girl, and let Nacho win. But it went all wrong. Nacho targeted two other guys, and Steven and his friends came too late. The guys Nacho picked on, who he thought were Steven’s friends, ended up punching him and knocking him out.

So, we see Nacho in the scene sulking. Steven tries to cheer him up with some corn on a stick. But it will not do. “Surprise!” Steven says, but Nacho is so irritated by the ordeal from last night, that he slaps the corn away, declaring, “GET THAT CORN OUT OF MY FACE!”

Shortly after this, Nacho says, “I looked like a fool last night! I want to be a great fighter, but I can’t even beat a couple of guys in the street!!”

Have you ever had a “Get that corn out of my face!” moment? I have. Many, many times. Your friends and family try to cheer you up. It doesn’t work. Nothing works. Your just down. Nothing, it seems, can lift your spirits. But wait…even Jesus was rejected and apparently had “failure,” but He came out on the top: “Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “‘The stone the builders REJECTED has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?” (Matthew 21:42). Jesus was rejected. Jesus experienced “failure,” but in the end He had success, He was made the capstone, the chief cornerstone, the most important part of the building of God. But there’s a difference between Nacho and Jesus: Nacho was led by his own ambition, but Jesus was commanded by the Father. Each had two completely different tasks: Nacho:–to beat up some guys in the street so he could look good in front of a girl. A totally carnal, man-made plan–and not inspired by the Holy Spirit. Jesus:–to proclaim Himself the Son of God to the Jewish authorities and die on the cross for our sins according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3). Jesus received His command from the Father (John 10:18). Nacho had no such command.

Next time your down, ask yourself, “Did I put myself in this situation or did God tell me to do this?” Most likely you are like Nacho, and you’re depressed because you failed at a goal you set for yourself–a goal which God never told you to pursue.


About John Boruff

John Boruff is a Philosophy and Religion graduate from UNC Pembroke. In his free time, he blogs about the Christian life; and has special interests in evangelism and spiritual gifts. He identifies himself as a Reformed Arminian Pentecostal. He’s also a husband and dad. John loves street preaching. His influences are Leonard Ravenhill, David Wilkerson, John Wesley, Charles Finney, etc. John is always in the process of writing; and is posting free e-books on this site for cultivating a deeper Christian life. Among them are his 'How to Experience God' and 'The Gospel of Jesus Christ.' He is currently working on the lives of great prophets in church history—from Catholic saints to Protestant reformers and revivalists. He is also working on a Biblical theology of poverty alleviation.
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