Here’s the thought for the morning…
When someone is in the center of God’s will… When someone is on the path that God has intended for them what happens? Is it going to be an easy road to go down? Not usually… Why? Because, Satan is going to do everything in his will power to stop it from happening.
When God has great plans satan is going to try to destroy them and he’s going to use whatever resources necessary to block that path or take you down the wrong path.
If satan can use suicide, he’ll plant that thought, if he can use issues between spouses, family or friends, he’ll use it. If he can use financial troubles, trust me… He’ll break everything that is important to you… Costing you several thousands of dollars in vehicle repairs… For MONTHS! Or maybe that’s just me… Anyway, those thoughts of doubt, lack of confidence, frustration… If you are in God’s will you are going to go through it without a doubt and you’re job is to come out on top…
You know, when we do Jiu-Jitsu, yes, I’m relating a God thing to Jiu-Jitsu… But when we do Jiu-Jitsu the first thing in learning it is to stay on top. Stay in a dominant position. You get kids in there that are rag dolls and will essentially let you do whatever, you get others that will fight like their life depends on it, and you get others that give it everything they’ve got, but due to their lack of knowledge they know they are essentially along for the ride and when they get stuck they start asking questions in which their partner gives them the basic tips. The latter is my favorite newbies to roll with…
But you see, that first roll, the first several rolls, you aren’t going to catch any submissions… You are going to get crushed, choked, armbarred, get caught in shoulder locks, leg locks, ankle/wrist locks, it’s unavoidable until you start learning to hold your own through a roll. When you are first starting Jiu-Jitsu there really is really no feeling that is better than when you make your first roll without getting submitted, did you win? Yeah, I consider it so, because you didn’t lose either. You held your ground and you didn’t give in and you didn’t open an opportunity to be submitted.
Eventually as time goes on your rolls become more fluid, more functional, more purposeful and you can start processing what is going on during a roll and you can start landing submissions and it starts making you feel better about your rolls.
I guess looking at life, looking at being where God needs us to be and satan doing his best to stop it I can easily look at it as a live rolling session, stay on top, stay dominant, fight for the submission… Yeah, you’re going to have bad times, you’re going to feel like you aren’t getting anywhere because you are frequently being submitted, but the test comes with are you going to get over yourself bump fists and go again?
And the thing is, that even before you can get to the finished product of a good roll, there’s a crap load of conditioning to help you get through that roll, cardio, strength… It’s not fun… It’s a challenge, but it’s important to keep you on the mat without injury and preforming at your best. The roll is not all there is to it… Where in life, the trial is not all there is to it. You can still prepare to a degree, you can still condition yourself to handle it better.
Keep sight of why you are going through what you are going through, know that there’s a purpose and a reason and know that it’s our job to not let satan ruin it. Because again, being on God’s path is the last thing he wants.
God has a plan for greatness… and has had them since the beginning of time. Sometimes we see it, sometimes we don’t.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.