There's always a fight.
There is always a struggle isn't there?
Up until that moment I held on to an unconcious expectation to hit a platau someday. If I just worked hard enough or recruited enough leaders, then I would finally be able to set the ministry on auto pilot and it would run itself. Problems would simply ricochet off my to-do list. People would disciple themselves etc etc. Of course if someone said the same thing to me, I'd tell them it doesn't work that way, but I still kept that false expectation in the back of my mind my whole adult life.
I don't always expect to struggle with the same projects, relationship problems, and challenges, but now I do expect to struggle. Perhaps struggle is too harsh a word. I expect to surrender. My family, my job, and my ministry all take upkeep. I like the metaphore of farming for ministry. Jesus seemed to. It would be madness for a farmer to expect to plow his field so well that the seeds didn't need to be sown, or to harvest so well that the next years crop planted its self.
Today, as you "tend your fields/vines" I pray that you find strength for the struggles you go through and that you struggle well.