Resistance

compass"Like a magnetized needle floating on a surface of oil, Resistance (the enemy) will unfailingly point to true North - meaning that calling or action it most wants to stop us from doing.

We can use this.  We can use it as a compass.  We can navigate by Resistance, letting it guide us to that calling or action that we must follow before all others.

Rule of thumb: The more important a call or action is to our soul's evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it."  Steven Pressfield

My quick and clear response to the above is, "Duh!".  Of course, that is the case.  Of course this is the way it works.  Intellectually, I totally get it, agree with it, and believe it to be true.  The problem is that I largely operate without the practical assignment of the enemy's role in opposing my call on a day-to-day basis.

I know that I was put here to help other men determine their place in the larger story of God and use my unique gifting and ability to encourage, inspire, challenge, and support their living there as much as possible.  The clearer that gets and the more I understand how I am to practically do that very thing, the stronger the opposition thrown against it.

So if is true that only real thing of value, God's unique intention for you in your creation, can be determined by where you find the most opposition in your life, then the inverse must be true as well.

"So if you're in Calcutta working with the Mother Teresa Foundation and you're thinking of bolting to launch a career in telemarketing...relax.  Resistance will give you a free pass."  Pressfield.

The enemy would love you take up a hobby of micro-brewing, get invested in an extensive television series, get a really good porch swing, or start a Hummel collection.  Why would he oppose any of that?  He wouldn't.  He loves it when we find anything any form of preoccupation that keeps us from offering what we were uniquely created to give.  If life is truly found in living into your calling, anything that distracts from that is welcomed and encouraged.

Truth is that I spend a ridiculous amount of time on the worthless and insignificant.  My heart aches for more and not finding it is the source of nearly every frustration in my life (that I readily assign to other things).  Because when I am cutting through the water, not just being carried by the current, but rowing briskly down stream, life gets real clear.