Having played racquetball 3-4 mornings a week for several years, I learned a lot from playing this fast-paced competitive game. If you play the front, you will get hit with the ball. Getting hit hurts and it will leave a mark! If you don't take a risk and "play up," you'll play from the backcourt all the time.
The Philistine army has 30,000 chariots (some manuscripts say 3000), 6000 horsemen and too many foot soldiers to count. Saul has 600 in his army. So why would Saul's son want to go and provoke a fight? We may never know, but that is precisely what Jonathan and his armor-bearer do. These two soldiers from a ragtag army scramble up a cliff face to meet their foe. How pathetic they must've looked from the viewpoint of any bystander. Yet, they were doing acts of faith.
For me, I'm a Dad and a husband, and I love both roles. My most considerable growth as a Christian has been because of being a husband and a father. I've been able to understand a lot more about God when I became both roles. I know why God does what He does, why the struggles happened, how He's capable to love despite our disrespect and cold-shouldered nature.