Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. - Romans 5:3-4
I have to admit that my first thought when I suffer is not, "Hey, I should be happy about this because this produces patience and perseverance in me." I'm usually squirming under the pressure that suffering brings. But I'm listening to your word. You tell me the good you are working in me by walking me through challenges. I want to have more hope in my life. So, if enduring an illness or experiencing a set back makes me more durable and teaches me what to really value and if it gives me a bigger, better perspective, then I will receive it from your hand as a blessing rather than a curse. Help me to grow in character by learning the deep lessons you want me to understand from my difficulties. Forgive me for Jesus' sake for checking out on your lessons at times when I suffer. I really do want to let you make me into a mature believer while I sojourn here on your planet.
Pastor Don Patterson
Hard times create strong lives for those who will let it.