STOP AND THINK – Affliction is one of God’s medicines! By it He often teaches lessons which would be learned in no other way. (J. C. Ryle, 19th century Anglican bishop)

No one likes to suffer. We avoid pain at almost any cost— doctors, medicine, therapy. Yet, pain can be a blessing. Without it we might not know that we’ve hurt ourselves. But difficulties also can be of value. From them we learn to be patient, to look for the lesson to be learned, or to discover the growth that we need for worthy living.

But [the Lord] said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).