Maybe life isn’t about avoiding the bruises. Maybe it’s about collecting the scars to prove that we showed up for it. (Hannah Brencher, mental health advocate)

We’d all like to live life without “bruises.” Whether it’s a physical injury or a verbal insult, we’d prefer not to experience them. But that’s not reality, is it? Brencher’s comment may be hard to digest, but the truth is, we can learn a lot from those difficult times, and the accumulated store of what we’ve learned and grown from can be a great reservoir of wisdom for ourselves and others.

 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10)