As we wrap up our discussion about being anti-fragile in the next couple of days, I want to share with you a few practical things you can do to become a more resilient person and hopefully increase anti-fragility in your daily life and in your walk with God.
First of all, you have to take some hits. If you’ve been playing it safe for awhile, you need to put yourself in a position to be stretched, even if it’s to the point of pain. Taking a few punches for the sake of growth can and should become a regular part of your life’s rhythm and routine. However, in the midst of these growing seasons, don’t forget to rest; you need to have at least one day of the week where you get a break from the rigor of the routine!
Secondly, you need to love your enemies. The world says to criticize, slander, lie about, hurt, and harm your enemies. However, this is not a Christian thing to do; it simply isn’t becoming of someone who lives in Jesus. Abraham Lincoln once said, “I defeat my enemies by making them my friends,” and this is exactly what it’s about. When you practice what Dallas Willard called Spiritual jiu jitsu, you begin to love those who wrong you because you have pity and compassion for them. As you pray for those who harm you, asking God to turn their hearts and make them better, you learn how to truly love your enemies and your life becomes more peaceful and less worrisome.
Friend, seek to become anti-fragile by taking on challenges and things that stretch you, particularly the seemingly difficult task of loving your enemies. Though it doesn’t feel natural and will require getting out of your comfort zone, doing the hard thing will foster within you a Spiritual agility that enables you to be flexible in a variety of circumstances. It will also give you a power strong enough to resist the devil, and when you do, he will flee from you and you will do amazing things for Jesus! Isn’t that wonderful news?