Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his goals. (Dorothy Height, late civil rights activist)

We often evaluate a person’s success solely on his or her achievements. Whether it’s the sports or musicians’ Halls of Fame or the theater or TV awards, those honors are often the main basis of our assessment of them. Height suggests that what the achievers have overcome might be an even more significant factor in judging real success.

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. (Isaiah 43:2)