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Why Being a Warrior is NOT Enough

February 20, 2012

I want to be BOLD. I want to stand before God some day and say, “I tried”. I love watching movies like Braveheart and Gladiator where the warrior prevails! In fact, people who are passive sometimes bug me. Why? I want to charge the hill and be inspired by others who are charging the hill!

But this pass week I read a verse in Scripture that I . . . well . . . didn’t initially like. Seriously. I knew it was true which bothered me even more. This truth was going to require me to change.

Wanna know the verse that bothered me? Here it is.

“Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.” Prov. 16:32

What? Being a warrior isn’t supreme? Apparently not.

Two caveats about this truth: 1) Passivity shouldn’t be mistaken for patience. 2) A warrior-like drive is God-given.

God is the ultimate warrior. Yet throughout Scripture His patience is more glorified.

So I want to be BOLD. But I’m learning that God smiles when I exercise boldness in a patient, discerning way. 

Here are 5 practical examples of boldness vs. boldness with patience:

1) Make life-changing decisions vs. making life-changing decisions while seeking counsel from others further down the road.

2) Cast a compelling vision vs. casting a compelling vision multiple times until it is understood by the entire team.

3) Desire big changes in spiritual life vs. desiring big changes in spiritual life and accepting that it won’t happen overnight.

4) Choose financial independence vs. choosing financial independence by embracing long-term discipline (self-control).

5) Pursue “big impact” ministry vs. pursuing “big impact” ministry while resisting the urge to initiate everything in 1 year.

For me, this means allowing my passion (sometimes emotion) to fuel my dreams. But embracing patience in the execution of those dreams.


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