The same could be said about everything I am doing to get ready for a changing world. Just as our handgun class reviewed all the basics of safe gun handling, and then moved into new skills that tested my stamina, my resolve and my mindset; so must I apply this same attitude to any new situation or crisis I may find myself in.
|Train with a simulator to make|
gun-handling safe & automatic
It made me realize that I should use every situation I find myself in as an opportunity to review what my plan of defense would be. The next time you go to the grocery store, church, sporting event, or even if you are home at night watching TV; make a point of knowing where your exits are, what you could use for a barricade, how you would defend yourself if confronted with an armed assault. Do you have any weapons available, or are they stored in the trunk of your car, or locked in the safe ---- useless to you in your time of need. And if it's dark, can you load and unload your weapon by feel? If you're shot in your strong arm, can you transition to your weak arm and continue defending yourself? If the attack comes at you swiftly and by surprise, can you draw your weapon quick enough to save your life? The only way you can answer "Yes" to any of these scenarios is if you have practiced, practiced, practiced.
One other thing I learned this last weekend, is that the time to get yourself physically fit for an altered future is now. We spent a rigorous 12-hour day on Saturday in nearly 100 degree weather. Fighting dehydration and exhaustion along with acquiring new gun training skills took both a mental and physical toll. That made Day Two even harder for me. My stamina was fine, but the constant up/down and kneeling punished my knees pretty good. So I learned another valuable lesson.
I've got to be ready for any and all physical aspects of a new future. It will be too late to train and get in good shape when I'm faced with a much more labor-intensive way of life. I'd rather suffer through the aches and pains now in the comfort of a nice warm bath, with access to both a heating pad and an icepack -- both of which will not be available in a grid-down situation.
And lastly, I will train my heart and my mind to study and know the Scriptures. This is a skill that will sustain me throughout anything Evil can throw at us. And it, too, must be practiced until it becomes automatic; until we can recall the particular message that our Lord spoke to us for just such a time. It is the one skill that will never fail us, yet it is the easiest to ignore.
I know that it's so easy to put off what we don't want to do. None of us really want to contemplate what our minds and our souls are telling us is likely to happen. Adapting our easy, laid-back culture to accommodate training and alternative lifestyles is costly and time-consuming. But take it from me, as tired and sore and mentally drained as I was at the end of my weekend, I can't wait to take the class again. The training I participated in strengthened my resolve to be prepared. I want to be confident and ready to adapt to any life-threatening situation that comes my way. And I know I can't accomplish that mindset by sitting on the couch and procrastinating. I can't wish the world away and I won't be swept along with the tide of chaos and fear. I will just keep practicing, one skill at a time. If nothing else, I can be of help to others in their time of need, and all this training can only help me sleep better at night. That is a gift in itself.
Hebrews 12:11 "No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it."