Survival Mode

I was talking with a friend a while back and he shared a quote. Our conversation was long and I don’t remember all the ground we covered. I only remember the quote, and the quote was worth the whole conversation. It was something to the effect of

“When things get crazy we assume we default to our training. We don’t. When chaos ensues and we kick into survival mode we default not to training, but to mastery.”

Now, ironically my friend got this quote from some random and obscure Podcast on permaculture and homesteading. But I knew immediately why God had him share it with me. There is profound application to marriage and parenting. All of a sudden, these things I do and words I say when I’m in survival mode that I don’t like or understand make sense. They are the things I’ve “mastered,” the ways of coping I’ve developed since I was old enough to remember. I’ve been relying on them so long I can’t even pinpoint the origin or original cause.

But here’s the good news. Enough training results in mastery of something new.

Holy Spirit, grant me the fortitude to train hard and eventually bear your fruit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. Help me know Christ more intimately everyday that I might imitate Him in thought, word, and deed, and master the way of the Master. Amen.