Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be. (Clementine Paddleford, 20th century American writer)

It’s probably just as true of young boys as of young girls that they are often wishing for something—a Christmas gift, a new friend, or just that life might be different. Wishing isn’t bad, of course, but Paddleford’s advice is wise for any child. A strong backbone suggests integrity and strength in character. That’s something worthy for all of us to develop.

Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power (Ephesians 6:10).