Spiritual Train Tracks
This whole concept about Spiritual Train Tracks has been on my
mind and heart for a long time. Sometimes you look at families and
multiple generations and wonder “why can’t they just get IT right?”
Or you look at your own family and wonder “why can’t we just get
IT right?” Some of us have habits that we have been “trying” to
break for years and we simply cannot let go…
For some these are just isolated bad choices and isolated bad
actions. For others, there is an inevitable chain that can be seen if
we just look closely. If you are like me, you believe that there are
few coincidences and far more connected patterns. Some call them
generational curses, some call them spiritual strongholds.
I call them spiritual train tracks. They’re like train tracks because it is
behavior that it automated or almost automated for you. Its things that
you do automatically, it comes naturally without making great plans for it.
You do them so quickly, perhaps as fast as a moving train, that you it’s hard
to stop doing them.
These spiritual train tracks often start with ancestors. In one generation,
grandfather drank a bit too much, and “coincidentally” so does the
grandson. The mother was entrepreneurial and so are the daughters. The
dad was an athletic pro- baseball player and the son is athletic as well,
perhaps in basketball.
These “genetic” spiritual train tracks can be positive or negative. They
should not be ignored. We should be aware, to what we are normally
inclined to do. Does that mean that we should continue to do it? Not
necessarily. It obviously depends on the action. However, we should make
a conscious intent to do it or not do it. To get off of spiritual train tracks can
be very difficult, especially of the intent and desire has already turned into
action several times. It can feel literally like jumping off of a fast moving
If one wants to get off of particular spiritual train tracks, it has to be
a conscious effort with prayer to God for help in the radical change in
direction. Some may be delivered instantly from their spiritual train
tracks when prayer is rendered, while others may take longer. What
we do know is that it has to be a decision made by you… made by
me. All life should be lived with conscious intent. Every action is a
decision. It is either an active intending decision or a passive decision
to let things continue in status quo. By doing nothing or something
you are still making a decision. By saying nothing or something you
are still making a decision.
So on that note, I recommend that you identify your spiritual train
tracks today and make a decision regarding which tracks you are
staying on and which ones you are jumping off.