Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny. (Nelson Mandela, late president of South Africa)
Who could speak more knowingly to hardships than Mandela who languished in prison for 27 years for his role as an anti-apartheid activist? Later, when serving as president of his country, he demonstrated the truth of his statement. If we could somehow learn to view our trials and difficulties in the same light, without doubt we would be better for it and more prepared to live and serve well.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. (Romans 5:3)