Rocky Marciano (1923-1969) was the world heavy weight boxing champion from 1952 to 1956. Marciano is considered one of the hardest punchers in boxing history. His success in the ring came in the form of checks—anywhere from $100,000 to 450,000 dollars.
And yet Rocky didn't associate checks with money—to him it was just a piece of paper! But cash was another matter! He would let checks become tattered in his pockets, but cash, even much smaller amounts than checks, were prized greatly.
We can make this same mistake in a spiritual way. God's Word contains promises that are like checks written on paper. But if we don't recognize their real value to be endorsed by faith and cashed in prayer, we will treat them like were words on paper, and by neglect they will look as tattered as the checks Rocky had crumpled in his pocket.
Rocky was a champion in the ring, but his handling of checks was an embarrassing defeat of his own common sense. Are we any better?