STOP AND THINK – The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. (Chinese proverb)

We can easily accept the first part of this proverb. We know that polishing requires rubbing the surface of the object to bring out its best appearance. The second part of the metaphor, though true, is much harder to accept. No one likes pain whether physical, emotional, or mental. But, it’s learning through difficulties that helps us to grow and mature.

Consider it pure joy . . . whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. (James 1:2-3)