Summary: Everyone wants a mighty army and a set of mighty men. But we must be willing to put in the time to make duds into studs. Use your physical eyes and spiritual eyes to see the unseen and be led by the Spirit of God.

Here is some important advice: You go to war with who you’ve got, not who you wished you had. Let me say that again. You go to war with the army you have, not the army you wished you had. Some people might be a dud in the eyes of man - but we will form them into a warrior-woman-for-God. Honestly, this may be that super eager person, yes that one person who has all of the ANNOYING new ideas that will probably not work. I can work with eagerness. I can work with one person. What I cannot do: do it all alone.

I think it is very important to remember that David had his mighty men. However, who were David’s mighty men before they were mighty? The debaters, the disenfranchised and the downtrodden. They were the disaffected, the discouraged and the duds. That is who David went to war with. They did not start out BEING the mighty men. They BECAME the mighty men through time, experience and David’s leadership. Everyone wants a mighty army and a set of mighty men. Few, however, are we willing to put in the time and work with a set of DUDS in order to make them into STUDS.

Bottom line, you need to have an eye for leadership - which is your PHYSICAL EYES. You need to be an observer of your people. You need to cultivate the ability to see a diamond in the rough. Beyond that, you also need to know how to shape a rough stone into something that gleams and shines. However, you need to have your SPIRITUAL EYES open as well. You need to be able to see the unseen and be led by the Spirit of God.

Speaking of David, let’s not forget his humble beginnings, being overlooked and passed over by the stronger, the older and those thought to be more qualified. Listen, start praying for spiritual eyes. Stop overlooking those others may consider duds. Your job is to build people, not just the pretty people.