As a verb:
- to train (a worker, athlete, etc.) to be proficient at different, usually related, skills, tasks, jobs, etc.
- (of an athlete) to train in more than one sport.
- to learn different, usually related, tasks, skills, jobs, etc.
As a noun:
to learn different, usually related, tasks, skills, jobs, etc.
Ever wonder why that annoying coworker was put in your work group? No doubt, your first thought is as punishment; I know mine is. What about that driver who cuts you off? Don’t you want to follow them and return the favor? I sometimes do. Not that I follow through with that thought. But, isn’t it become almost a mantra for Christians that “everything happens for a reason”?
Perhaps it is just God’s way of preparing you for a greater purpose. A greater task. Perhaps it is cross training. Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)
If we look at it from a different angle, life takes a whole new meaning. Our lives are not meant to serve us, but to serve Him. Not that I do a great job at it. I can be pretty selfish sometimes. Most times.
But, if we extend to others just a bit more patience, a bit more grace, then perhaps we can begin to understand God. Understand how much He sacrificed for us. But it is only a beginning. To fully know God is a challenge, a task, that takes more than a lifetime. It takes an eternity.