Men, Self-Mastery, & Our Spiritual Training Ground

“If you knew you would be in a fight tomorrow for your life, how would you train today?”

Perhaps it’s an easier question for the special operators I work with because their daily mission calls them to an obvious fight.

In my role as a human performance specialist, I prepare them to perform at their highest levels, so they can move effectively, efficiently, and safely inside their environment. In a word, so they can survive.

But what about the rest of us? For those of us whose daily job doesn’t include the same mission, does the question still matter?

I believe it does.

Whether we admit it or not, many of us are plagued by a desire to know whether we’re strong enough. Or successful enough. Or whether we’re performing at our very highest levels.

We wonder if we’ve got what it takes, but most of us have no idea what we’re training for. We don’t fully understand that we’re training for a specific task that Jesus calls us to on earth.

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20

The mission of every true follower of Christ is to make disciples. We are called to get into the thick of things. To love people. To walk alongside those who are struggling and brokenhearted.

Jesus never called us to be spectators. He called us to engage with the world around us.

But ours is also a spiritual training ground where we learn to follow Him so that we can do the work we’ve been called to do.

In my own life, it means that I’m working toward self-mastery so I can share what I’ve learned with other people. I’m working to develop myself to the highest level and grow every day so that I can impact my community, my coworkers, my family, my church, and my society.

I want to make the world a better place and leave a legacy for the people around me.

“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.”

1 Cor 9:24-27 

We’re in the midst of a spiritual training ground, and the people around us are depending on us to perform at our highest levels.

The men of Junto Tribe are actively training for the mission God has given us. We’re engaged with the world around us and we’re training today for a fight tomorrow.

We don’t have to wonder if we have what it takes, because we know that God has equipped us for the work He has called us to do.

Join the tribe. Train your body, mind, and spirit for the fight that is coming.

Will you say yes to the journey of daily spiritual training so you are always equipped to stand victorious in the day of battle?