Life often seems hard on every front. And naturally we start to wonder where we’re blowing it to make our path this difficult. But hardship is not always a sign of something wrong. Many times our difficulties are simply the training ground needed to prepare us for greater service.

It’s been said smooth seas don’t make for skillful sailors. Sailors must be trained through the wind, waves, and storms of the sea to become effective at their post. It’s through the trials and hardships of the sea that their skills are tested and refined.

And the same is true for us as well.

Of course, we should enjoy life to the full when everything is smooth and going well. We generally don’t have to go looking for the storms of life. They will find us. And we can simply bask in the seasons of peace and calm whenever they come.

At the same time, God has called and commissioned us to partner with him in bringing more life and goodness into the world.  And this is certainly not merely about being nice and attending church on Sunday mornings.

Goodness must be fought for, and it will be opposed.

We must become skilled warriors and lovers, wise men and kings to accomplish all God has given us to do. And this road to becoming will not always be easy.

We must face many external challenges as we also wrestle with issues in our own heart and soul. There will be many questions without simple answers. And our very ability to provide and bless those under our care will also be tested.

Many days we might feel like giving up – believing life shouldn’t be this hard. But God is here transforming us and revealing the fullness of his glory through us.

In the end, feel the weight when life gets hard. And remember this is often God’s training ground preparing you to accomplish the assignment he has for your life.

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