Hardship Builds Character

“A noted scientist, observing that the early sailors believed the coral-building animals instinctively built up the great reefs of the Atoll Islands in order to protect themselves in the inner waterway, has disproved this belief. He has shown these organisms can only live and thrive facing the open ocean in the highly oxygenated foam of the combative waves.

It is commonly thought that a protected and easy life is the best way to live. Yet the lives of all the noblest and strongest people prove exactly the opposite and that the endurance of hardship is the making of the person. It is the factor that distinguishes between merely existing and living a vigorous life. Hardship builds character.”

~ from Streams in the Desert, January 13th

Yet I am so thankful to God, who always marches us to victory under the banner of the Anointed One; and through us He spreads the beautiful fragrance of His knowledge to every corner of the earth. – 2 Corinthians 2:14

It is so difficult to believe this and to take it to heart, much less to live like we believe it! I know that I, for one, would LOVE an easy, comfortable life. But that is not always what is best for us. Many times God would have us to go through trials in order to build our character, and to make us into the people that He wants us to be.

So today, regarding that difficult situation, trying person, or hurtful experience that you (and I!) want to lament and resist…let us make an attempt to accept the circumstance as an opportunity from God to grow. I think that we will be amazed by how He assists us and rewards us for our efforts! ❤

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