Find Your Invictus
By Earnest Henley
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
It has been said that Earnest Henley’s whole career as a writer can be viewed through the lens of, what I believe is, the most powerful poem ever written, Invictus. Historians account that the writer, Earnest Henley, was inspired based on him healing from a leg amputation. It was during the recovery that he began to reflect on his early childhood and the unbelievable poverty that he experienced. The result of this reflection was the embodiment of a poem that paints a picture of triumph when undergoing extreme adversity.
When will you decide to be Invictus? When will you fight back? Invictus meaning “unconquerable” or “undefeated”. Even as I write this blog, I, like all people, experience extreme adversity. Times where I feel beaten by circumstances and utter mental and physical exhaustion. It sometimes feels like a storm that seems impossible to endure. It is in those moments when I must find my Invictus. One’s Invictus compels an individual to spur out the blood drawn from his enemy’s blow and continue his advance towards his enemy. In life, there are times where losing is not an option; instead, you must be Invictus. Some might ask why being unconquerable is important. The answer is simple and humbling: winning has nothing to do with you and everything to do with God using you to help somebody. Your championship is a living trophy for this Generation! You are a message hope and an illustration of possibility.
I cannot imagine the pain that Earnest Henley experienced when his leg was being removed. Nevertheless, we get a glimpse of his unbreakable spirit that is embodied in this poem. We find words that inspire us to get up regardless of the obstacles. We locate the unction we to take control and command our Destiny. We realize that we are, in fact, so powerful that we have the ability captain our future.
It is important that those in Yeshua understand the power that God has given each of us to speak life over our situations and put into action everything that God had created for us to do. We must acknowledge that we are responsible to activate our Pearls of Possibility in times of great trouble. Inside of you lives an Invictus God who wins. So if we are his children, then we have an undefeated birthright. You might be bloody, but you are winning! So there are three things you can do to release an Invictus mind.
- Understand the obstacle.
- Reconnect to the Mission and Vision – Why are you doing what you are doing.
- Develop a Plan and execute it – What are you going to do.