Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. (Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States)

When times are tough, some men and women remain calm and steadfast, continuing on in the pursuit of their goals. Danger and misfortune don’t seem to be able to defeat them. But, as Lincoln suggests, a greater danger to many ambitious people is the possession of power or authority. Such high position demands a spirit of humility and grace.

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. . . . God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble (James 4:6, 10).