The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be. (Horace Bushnell, 19th century minister)

People generally try to avoid all the problems of life that they can. No one wants to have troubles, especially those that seem to be insurmountable. But Bushnell argues that it’s those problems that give us the opportunity to learn. The more difficult they are the more we learn and the more we’re motivated to overcome and achieve higher goals.

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. (Romans 5:3)