STOP AND THINK – The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy. (Martin Luther King, Jr, civil rights leader)

We often admire people who succeed whether it’s in sports, entertainment, politics, or business. How comfortable they seem to be in their accomplishments. But, anyone will probably look good when he’s on top. As King suggests, the real test of character is how you react when things don’t go well, when you are confronted and challenged.

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life (James 1:12). . . . Because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance (James 1:3).