Training in Chaos – Don’t Forget the Fifth Rule
For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. 1 Corinthians 14:29-33
In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Our God is not a God of confusion. Our God is a God of peace.
When I was in the military, I wondered why so many things went wrong. We suited up for morning exercises (“PT”). They told us we had the wrong uniform. We suited up again. They said they changed their minds. If you didn’t stay calm, you might go crazy. We marched for 12 miles. They said “3 more clicks to go”….but it was actually 8 more clicks. They lied. You had to be mentally prepared to make your feet go. Another time, we received 2/3 of the field rations (MRE’s) that were necessary. So – We had to share.
Everything went wrong all of the time. Enlisted soldiers made jokes about it and held upper echelons of leadership in low regard. It wasn’t until many years later, that I learned all the insanity was actually purposeful…that all this crazy had a purpose. The military (at least my unit) purposely trained in utter chaos all of the time. We had to learn that sometimes things don’t go your way – so fix them and above all else, keep a calm mind. A tight mind makes mistakes. An anxious mind doesn’t reason.
No matter what you believe regarding Covid-19, in the coming weeks, there may be chaos. You or people you know may lose their jobs. Many of us may be stuck indoors. Other people’s over-reactions may affect your life. There may be chaos and you need to be prepared in your heart and in your mind. Someone may be counting on you to be calm. Books are written on working on chaos. Suffice to say, I have 5 easy rules:
1. Keep calm
2. Make a rational plan.
3. Whenever a plan fails, return to step 1.
4. Work your plans and what more can you do? Nothing. So give your will and your problems over to God. Let it go.
Hey….you said that you have 5 rules, I see 4??? — Yeah. So what? I lied. The world may not care about your expectations. So – Improvise. Adapt. Overcome. Now…you just learned the fifth rule.
I know that we all need to pay attention to the advice of our governments and doctors during this crisis. But —- you’re going to have to function in chaos, and functioning in chaos means many things. Every plan begins with a calm mind. I want to share something that works:
– Close your eyes. Breathe in through your nose. Think/pray the words “In the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit”. It should take 4 seconds.
– Hold your breath inside. Don’t clamp your mouth or nose shut. Think/pray the words “My God is not a God of Confusion”. It should take 4 seconds.
– Exhale for 4 seconds. Think/ pray the words “My God is a God of Peace.”
– Say out loud “My God is a God of Peace”
Do it again. Try it now!
And know that no matter what happens, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7