Heart Combatives

Do you know what army combatives are? I didn’t, until about a week ago. In a nutshell, it’s combat training and it can sometimes mean getting punched in the face – or some other limiting physical force – until you subdue your attacker. 

It sounds brutal but it makes good sense. You don’t want to send your armed forces into battle without a decent taste of what’s in store.

While love is not a war, or even a battlefield, the same could be said for the human heart.

Where combatives teach the soldier to be prepared for anything, loving others teaches our hearts the same. Sometimes it’s brutal and messy but in the end we have the chance to come out stronger and more capable.

Each heart we encounter is a chance for practice. Heart combatives, if you will.

Japanese philosopher, swordsman and author of Book of Five Rings, Miyamoto Musashi, once said,

“You can only fight the way you practice.”

Let’s practice boldly and with compassion as we never know when this will be our last round.