There are many times in life when we have to pause to survey the landscape and make a decision. Marriage, Divorce, Which school to put your kid in. Which town to raze. You get the general idea. Whether it's the frontlines of combat or the frontlines of life and the relationships that go with it, it is necessary to make healthy, informed decisions.
There are people in the military whose entire job consists of wading into enemy occupied territory and reporting back critical information. We call these people "Scouts". It's a dangerous task because you generally are exposed, without support, and have a high risk of being killed or captured. Scouts are needed to take such a high risk, so proper military planning can be done in order to ensure the highest odds of success when choosing troop movements, to attack or how to defend.
It's the start of a new year and a new season and chapter in life. As such, its time to become a "Scout" in your own life. To really consider the landscape of your life. Are you fulfilled in your job, marriage, relationships? Are you the person your dog thinks you are? Are the people in your life challenging you in healthy ways that push your boundaries and want to make you climb to that next level? Are you where you want to be or taking steps to get there? Who are the people in your life you rely on? How do those people add to or detract from your life?
If you aren't asking questions along these lines you aren't ready for the battles in your life. If you are in a season of peace, don't worry a battle is coming. Its time to become the scout of your own life and survey the land. If you are in the midst of the fire and battle, don't worry it won't last forever. It's time to be a scout in your own life and survey the land for resources to help you prepare for or get through the battle victoriously.
If you need help surveying the land in your own life, contact us.
From everyone at Azimuth Christian Counseling, We wish you and yours a Happy New Year & a victorious 2019!
Rev. Aron Stephens is a medically retired Army Chaplain who served 7 years on Active Duty in the United States Army. He deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve. Aron is an Ordained Minister, a Board Certified Chaplain, (BCC) with 2000+ hours of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor (BCPC) and a 3rd year Doctoral student with a dissertation focus on Combat Related PTSD. When he’s not counseling one-on-one with individuals, he enjoys classic works of theology, the nearest Crossfit gym and a fine cigar and bourbon. You might find him in the great outdoors, spending time with his wife Ashley and their three dogs, deep in the heart of Texas.