STOP AND THINK – The avoidance of legitimate suffering means we also avoid the growth that problems demand of us. (Charles Swindoll, pastor and author)

No one likes to suffer; and we take precautions to avoid it. We want quick and immediate relief when pain comes our way. Sometimes our misery is the result of our own mistakes or indulgences. When that’s the case, we should make every effort to learn from our experience and avoid similar mistakes in the future. Pain provides valuable learning time.

[God] knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. (Job 23:10)