I believe suffering can be a rite of passage for many of us. Why must we suffer the slings and arrows of our enemy? For me, that question begs yet another question; who or what is our enemy?

Just like a rite of passage, our suffering can strip us of our original role, and prepare us for a new role. That is called growing up, but for this scenario I am calling it moving on. Moving past the slings and arrow; and finding out what or who is tripping us up.  So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control (discipline). Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires (you didn’t know better then). 1 Peter 1:14-17

Where does suffering end and discipline begin? Deep within our spirit. It comes from proper alignment, just as we allow a chiropractor to align our spine. What does proper alignment look like? God is in the lead (spirit man, the real you), soul and body take a back seat. When we take the Holy Spirit out of the driver’s seat, the soul and/or body take control, moving us back into the old role, the old habits, the old hurts

So, who is our enemy in these crazy time? It’s not always the glaring issues that seem to hover over us likes fog on a rainy morning. We have to remember, issues are inevitable. However, our emotional blunders are avoidable. Let’s be honest, if we took time to assess our current situation, could we get things back on track if we simply got out of the way? What if our individual wants and perceived needs were placed on the back burner for a while? What if we tried to look at things from the other guy’s perspective, in lieu of being hell bent on getting our own way.

For anyone still on the fence as to whether the decisions you are making are actually a catapult for the daily slings and arrows coming your way, look around and see who is with you the next time anger causes you to react negatively to the guy that just pulled in front of you in traffic.

I’m not pointing fingers; I’ve allowed bad decisions to cause me to make life changing mistakes.  Thankfully God’s grace is abundant, and free for all those who call upon His name and accept Him as their Lord and Savior.   That decision my friends, regardless of how you get there, is life changing.

Today is a great day to start digging deep; and releasing your spirit. Wisdom comes when we allow God to take control of our lives. Our vision becomes 20/20 and our hearing becomes elevated. Our emotions stop twisting us around like the winds in a hurricane; thus, allowing us to focus and start moving toward a disciplined life.