If You're Not Taking Punches You're Not in the Fight
Guys As I woke up this morning I felt the need to press into the battle. I recognize that for weeks now my comments have been about the battle we are in spiritually. This morning as I walked my dog I had an overwhelming sense to not deviate from the battle but to face it head on and run into it. I am writing today unfiltered, straight up and without any concern of political correctness. I am fed up with our PC society and the effect it has had on men.
The spiritual battle we are in is constant and we can never become complacent. If you aren't advancing I hate to tell you but you are not treading water, you are digressing and becoming ineffectual. There is no time to rest.
A good indicator if you are a threat to the enemy is to assess the amount of punches you are taking. If you aren't taking punches you aren't in the fight. Training day starts today, get back in the fight and get off the bench. Start making changes today, not tomorrow, today. What are you waiting for? When the resistance comes, and it will, consider it confirmation that you are back in the fight.
Each time I write one of these blogs I am sucker punched by the enemy. The cheap shocks come in from all directions but I am not shying away. As I write this, I do so in direct opposition of the enemy and encourage each of you to do the same. Don't back down in those areas you are making advances and have begun to take causalities. It is confirmation you are in the fight.
"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
If you fail and experience set backs, shake them off, they are signs the old man is still hanging on. You keep shaking off the old man long enough I can guarantee you he goes away. You keep training, you keep swinging, you stay in the fight long enough and eventually your responses become automatic and you will develop spiritual muscle memory. Eventually your old instinct to "just take it" will get replaced by the automatic response to swing back. Old habits die hard but new ones can be developed with equal hard work.
In the book "Make Your Bed" written by Admiral William McRaven he talks about his training and life as a Navy Seal. In one chapter he talks about the circuses of life that come our away. In Seal training circuses were the additional hours of training that the under performers on the day had to endure because they came in last. The circus was the last place you wanted to be at the end of a brutal day. He says "In life you will face a lot of Circuses. You will pay for your failures. But, if you persevere, if you let those failures teach you and strengthen you, then you will be prepared to handle life's toughest moments."
If this article comes off as "in your face" or too "Whoorah" I am okay with that. I am willing to mildly offend someone if I can encourage just 1 guy to stand up and get in the fight. As men we have got to call each other out to grow, be stretched and at times be confronted in order to not be rendered out of the fight. In my previous blog titled "New Year New Me" I posted the below video. I encourage each of you to watch it again.