A Black Belt test is a mirror of all the effort and work that an individual puts into their training. It is an opportunity to test oneself in several ways. It is an opportunity to see if one has the endurance, ability, commitment and toughness that are necessary in body, mind and spirit necessary to complete the journey they may have started so long ago.
All of us, beginner level and advanced level students, should understand that there is a HUGE difference between earning a Black Belt and becoming a Black Belt. One can earn a Black Belt by learning how to do all the physical techniques and passing the required testing material. To BECOME a Black Belt one must not only be able to demonstrate the physical aspects of their skill, but the qualities of discipline, self control, respect for authority, perseverance, honor, truthfulness, benevolence and compassion should also be evident in their day-to-day lives.
A Christian Black Belt must have compassion for those around them. Whether it is a fellow student or a complete stranger, a willingness to help those in need is an important part of their life.
A Christian Black Belt understands the importance of “Walking in the Way.” The Way” to many people simply means doing what makes them feel good or what is the easiest path to take on a day-to-day basis. To the Christian Black Belt, following the “Way” means being willing to make a commitment to follow the teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, not only in our martial arts but even more importantly, in our day-to-day living. As Christian Black Belts we understand that living our daily lives in a manner that encourages others to follow Christ is not only our responsibility, it is our privilege and our calling.
In Philippians 4:13 we are told “We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.” As Christian Black Belts we should always remember that we do not have to walk the Christian walk by ourselves. God has given us a Helper, His Holy Spirit, who will empower us and direct us, if only we will allow him do so.
As Christian Black Belts we must be willing to take the opportunities we have as Christian Instructors to make a difference. Scripture tells us “We are the salt of the earth.” It is God that wants us to make a difference for him. We must let our light shine and give God the glory any time we have an opportunity to do so. We must remember, as salt can change the taste of food so we can make a difference in the lives of our students and provide a Godly influence in their lives.
Last but not least, we should make it our goal to see God magnified in our lives on a daily basis. Remember Colossians 3:23: “Whatever we work at let us work as unto God and not unto man.”