Mountaintops inspire leaders but valleys mature them. (Winston Churchill. WW II British leader)

People often refer to their “mountaintop experiences,” those momentous occasions when some life-changing event occurred or decision was made. In reality, of course, everyone has to come back down to “real life” and face the tough circumstances of daily living. It’s in those everyday situations—where real life happens—that one grows and becomes strong.

And the God of all grace . . . after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast (1 Peter 5:10).