All members of creation travel through life experiencing conflict at times. Conflict can be physical, mental or spiritual. Though these are all subtly different, they are all the same as well. In all forms of conflict, we are confronted with a choice to make. Here in the sphere of confrontation, a few of us can claim alumni to the school of hard knocks. I am just one from many here.
I vividly recall my first physical altercation with the neighborhood kids. This was my first real fight; my first physical experience with a harmful confrontation. I found myself surrounded by much larger and older kids, in the old fashioned fight circle, being pushed around at random; outnumbered by 6.
Though I was a fast kid, I wasn’t able to escape. After taking a few blows to the face and neck, I found the myself on the ground, being kicked and punched repeatedly. I was able to fend off a few kicks enough to stand, throw a good punch, break free and run nearly a mile back home. All the while the other kids chased me through the field.
This was a painful experience. It was only my first and it certainly wasn’t the last. Though the pain that it caused hurt physically, I believe this is no match at all for the pain that is felt when the heart breaks, or when the spirit is broken.
When the sphere of confrontation is visited, it brings with it choices. At times, these choices must be made swiftly; fight or flight. In my experience, before I walked by that group of older kids I knew there was a possibility for conflict, yet I pressed forward because they were on my path toward home.
Many can avoid confrontation, but confrontation and conflict cannot be avoided forever, especially if it blocks your path to home. You will have to face this sphere at one point or another. In avoiding conflict, we may actually be causing it.
No matter your confrontation, stand tall and face it. Trust your instincts and your heart. The knocks from this sphere can be hard, but its a school that teaches growth and strength.