A Soldier’s Story

In the middle of a difficult economy, could it possibly be that the tough times are the good times?  Is there any way that the challenges that come from adversity are the richness of life?  As we strive to better our circumstances, do difficult circumstances receive unfair judgment?

In thinking back on the times in our lives of growth and accomplishment, there is always a price that we paid for the advancement.  The price likely maintained a rational correlation in proportion to the gain.  The gain, looking back, is valued and appreciated.  The price, that is the adversity, is an afterthought.

When we are in the middle of trials, the focus all too often is entirely on the solution to the trial. There is nothing inappropriate about working to dig out of a hole but the hole itself may have more opportunity than we recognize from the bottom. When climbing out, the eternal value may be more in the climb than in the ultimate escape.

When soldiers are indoctrinated into the military, they are soldiers from the first day that they sign on the dotted line and report to training camp.  The government literally owns their services and has the legal right to send them into harm’s way.  The new recruit, however, wouldn’t know what to do in battle until he first goes through difficult and challenging training.  Because the battle will be real, the training is intended to be tough.  The challenge of the training produces the warrior.

While practically everyone who has gone through that type of training appreciates and champions the result of discipline, confidence and ability, few enjoy the process.  Without the process, there would be no ability to move forward in the battle.  The training is invaluable to ultimately saving lives.

So as we go through difficulties that likely don’t have nearly the same life and death consequences as a soldier’s story, the challenge of the experiences we face prepare us in a similar way for the battles of tomorrow.  Without embracing the opportunity of the present situation, we will not be equipped for the future situation.  The present situation is hugely beneficial in our long-term advancement and even preservation.

Count it all joy!  The trials bring the wisdom necessary for growth.  The growth is needed for what is to come.  But when we are in the middle of it, we must set our minds to it.  Without a dedication to allow for wisdom, we’ll just take the beating that the present trials offer without gaining the benefit of equipping. Read James lately?



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