And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. – 1 Peter 5:10
Do you ever think that your level of success in life is minimized by the problems and setbacks you experience along the way? Well, it’s just not true.
Your problems and setbacks don’t determine the shape and direction of your life. What problems and setbacks do, however, is reveal character. They show you how we respond to fear, disappointment, and failure. They reveal what level of resilience you possess; whether or not you’re content to play the role of a victim; and whether you’re willing to risk again after initial failure. In other words, they diagnose your shortcomings and call you to positive change.
Problems and setbacks are the crucible of character formation, and they are perspective checks–times we pause and evaluate what’s truly important in life. So don’t get down when troubles come your way. They are to be expected.
– Steve Arterburn
Strong people are made by opposition like kites that go up against the wind. – Frank Harris