2003-2005 were very tough years for me. They could be described as awful boils all over my body that needed tons of treatment from a boils specialist almost weekly. No salve would work. They were festering and needed to be drained so they could heal! My self medicating could not hide any longer; it was killing me and my marriage from the inside out. When Wild at Heart by John Eldredge was given to me and I began to read it, my heart was caught up. The boils began to drain and I began to wake up!

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. —Ephesians 1:18–19

In The Matrix, Morpheus says of Neo’s awakening: “He’s begging to believe.” My eyes were clearing up, and that did not bode well for the darkness that was plaguing me. I was becoming hopeful that I might just be able to beat this festering crap in my life! The deeper into the message of the heart, into healing, learning about spiritual warfare, and counseling I went, the deeper I wanted to go. I was seeking to be whole. Not addicted, not escaping, not living for myself, but in connection to God and with those loving people around me. I didn’t know it, but as I look back, God was developing my own Personal Battle Plan. God’s plan for me was to be the man he designed me to be.

On this Recalibrate, join Greg Sailors and Josh Overton as they talk about their hearts and Personal Battle Plans and with a group of Elder-Sages about how they do life, and how they live out their own Personal Battle Plan.