Learning to Fight
Becoming a warrier/leader/athlete/speaker/programmer/entrepreneur doesn't just happen overnight.
Reading all the books on fighting/leading/football/oratory/programming/starting a new business is helpful but it doesn't mean that you will be successful. The fact that your parents were good at their work doesn't mean that you will automatically become successful.
Practicing your skill everyday definitely helps but nothing is a substitue for being on the battle field or football field or in front of a crowd. Skills are truly developed when you are under the pressure of a deadline at work or when your income is based on whether you make a sale or make that catch in the 4th quarter.
One reason God let Israel's enemies stay in the Promised Land was so that each new generation would learn to fight ... in the heat of the battle.
God allows struggles in our lives not to punish us but to give us the opportunity to develop our character.
Patience isn't learned when times are peaceful. Patience is learned in times of stress. Sacrificial love is developed when that love is stretched.
The Fruit of the Spirit becomes engrained in our life through real-life struggles. We must move from blaming God for our problems to looking at them as obstacles to overcome so we can become better people.
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