Ronda Rousey, sometimes in life we need the Truth to combat the lies. I watched the clip of your interview today on the Ellen show about your UFC loss to Holly Holm, and I was moved by your vulnerability. I wished I could tell you some things that stood out in my mind and heart, so I decided to write them down:
You asked, “Who am I anymore if I’m not this?” You are loved by God—the creator of the heavens and the earth, who is mighty to save.
You are more than a UFC fighter, a “winner,” or Travis Browne’s girlfriend or future mother of his children (as you referenced in the interview with Ellen). You are treasured by God and that is the best, highest identity one could ever dream to have.
After your loss to Holly Holm, you said to yourself, “I am nothing” and contemplated suicide. But your worth to God was the cost of His one and only Son.
You said, “No one gives a s*** about me anymore.” But your approval should not come from man, but from the One who made you, loves you, and wants to redeem you.
You wondered, “What is my purpose any more?” No, it is not just to show people what it looks like to dust yourself off, win another fight, score more endorsements, hold a title, and make more money. To believe that is not to dream BIG enough. Because that soul of yours, which dwells within your chiseled body, was made for so much MORE. It was made for a connection and an intimate relationship with the one true God through His beautiful Son Jesus. Who loves you and gave Himself up for you. Who died for your sins that you could be saved.
So that you would become a victor, not only of physical fights that are inconsequential in the grand scheme of eternity, but also a victor in the spiritual realm. That if you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord, you will be saved, and you will be given the crown of Life that no one can take away from you.
God bless you.
You are loved.