Watching Point 355
From 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter
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355 — WATCH that you remember that all discord, including that which may appear in your branch church, is an opportunity to demonstrate — to test your understanding. Like a prizefighter who has enough intelligence to hire sparring partners, to train for his big fight, so we should welcome opportunities to demonstrate, in preparation for the final conflict with error which all must have. Such training is not sitting down and enjoying harmonious matter; it calls for active effort.
If one rebels against the thought that, while in the flesh, he must struggle and strive, he may find himself numbered among those not at present fit for the kingdom. One who puts his hand to the plough, and then looks back with longing at the smooth field that is being broken up, does not have that forward-looking vision that forsees the final fruitage that will come, as the result of what the plough does.