I have a friend who recently launched his career as a professional boxer. I’m not a huge boxing fan, but I wanted to support him so I watched his very first fight. Thankfully, he won quickly and easily. The commentators said one of the things that helped him win was his “good corner”. I had no idea what that meant. But, in case I ever accidentally ended up in a boxing match, I wanted to know what it was so I could make sure I had a good one, too. So, I did a little research.
According to wikipedia, a “‘cornerman’ or ‘corner’ is a combat sports term for a coach or teammate assisting a fighter during the length of a bout. The cornerman…can assist the fighter through instruction. The cornerman occasionally performs…duties such as applying ice to reduce swelling and stopping bleeding. [He] may also be responsible for throwing in the towel when necessary.”
Clearly, it’s not only boxers who need a “good corner”. We all need one! Life can be pretty brutal at times and we need people on our side to encourage and instruct us, and help clean up our wounds.
The most important member of your corner is God’s Holy Spirit. God sent us this Wonderful Counselor so we would always have Him within, fighting our fights and defending us. He’s our source of power, strength, healing, wisdom and discernment.
It also takes good people to make up a good corner. I know, first hand, how important it is to have close friends who will rally around you when life is giving you a beating. Ask the Lord to send wise, loving people who will support you, cheer you on and pick you up during life’s battles.