Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny. (C. S. Lewis, late British scholar)

What makes a soldier a hero? How does one who’s good at a sport become a superstar? What’s behind the creator of a masterpiece in art or music? There is some innate natural talent to begin with, for sure. And there has been a lot of hard work and persistence in practice and preparation. In many cases, it has also involved overcoming a great difficulty that has resulted in success.

Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7)