More on Training
In a recent discussion about our current situation, a word that was used often was "weary". I'd guess we're all weary right now for a lot of different reasons. But when I think back to my High School days, when I was undergoing training for football I was continually weary -- sometimes to the point I thought I could not go on. When I went through an intensive training program to prepare me for an IT certification, I was mentally weary -- to the point where I thought I could not absorb any more. In fact every serious experience I've ever had with "training" has included weariness of one sort or another.
Why would I expect anything else if God is seriously training us for the next step in the life of Bridgeway?
So why do we persevere through extreme weariness? Because the end result is so exciting, so rewarding, so valuable that it makes it all worthwhile. And it is the same with our struggles in the church. I don't know what God is bringing forth from all of this -- but I know his promises and I trust him. So I'll run that extra lap (not literally, thank goodness!) -- I'll study that next chapter -- I'll persevere in whatever is next in the history of Bridgeway because He is doing something valuable through it.