• Michael Wood

Sweat Harder, Bleed Less

During a quiet morning in the office, I was able to watch a video on military training. In the video there was a quote the drill instructor said that was quite good, "we sweat harder in training so we bleed less in combat.” What a powerful statement. I began to think about how to apply that statement to life in general. “Sweat harder in training…” Well how do we train? I believe we train hard in battling fears, overwhelming responsibilities, demands, pressures, judgments, rejections, failures, compulsive tendencies and pride.

But where and when do we train? Who will train you? Who trained them? And what will that training look like?

I remember when my son, Andrew, started at BCIT to become a mechanic. He had classroom training as well as hands on training, but he also learned a lot by working on cars in our own backyard. He spent many hours, days, weeks and even months fixing, repairing and modifying cars for others in several different ways. He even had a Chevy Blazer that he cut in half by hanging it from a tree in the yard (and the pulley is still there!). He would look up things on YouTube, ask around for advise, and try over and over again until he figured it out. Now, years later, he supports his family with a career as a professional mechanic.

I'm sure he had to battle with failure, disappointment, frustration, criticism from others, rejection and his own unhelpful thoughts. Maybe he still does. Yet, he trained at it and worked without quitting. Many will do and are doing as he did. And many will succumb to the task.

As Scripture says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2-4).

Embrace training. Create moments and experiences that challenge your thoughts and responses. Create self-imposed events and obstacles that bring to surface the emotions and thoughts that need to be dealt with. This way, when life's battles come, you are ready and capable. You can lean on God to train you and you can trust Him to place people and circumstances in your life to help as well.

Train harder to struggle less. Life is to enjoy and survive.

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