STOP AND THINK – Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened . . . (Helen Keller, 20th century American blind author and lecturer)

Like trees that endure harsh winds or muscles that are strengthened through exercise, or metal that is tempered, so is the character of mankind when it is tested and tried. It’s through enduring the hard times, persevering in difficulty that character and strength are formed and developed.

[You are] being strengthened with all power according to [God’s] glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience. (Colossians 1:11)