When I was a child one of my favorite games was being a soldier. I saw the glory and honor in a soldier’s life. I saw the dedication of the soldier to winning the battle. I wanted to have those attributes in my life. As I got older I saw the real cost of being a soldier and was not as enthusiastic on living that life. But the funniest thing was that I was called to that life, as every believer is. We are called to endure hardness, not entangling ourselves in the cares of this world. We have offensive weapons, the sword of the spirit, the shield of faith and the helmet of salvation. With training, we can use these weapons effectively to win battles. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” It’s sad to see that most weapons are rusting because of they aren’t used for anything. Don’t expect the weapons to work if you have not practiced with them. Be diligent and train, because you don’t know when cancer or divorce will show up at your doorstep.