Man is affected not by events but by the view he takes of them. (Epictetus, 1st century B.C. Greek philosopher)

Difficult events do affect us, but our response to them is of great importance. The human spirit can overcome tragedies when people see their trials as opportunities to apply wisdom, experience, and skills directly and decisively. To see circumstances as unjust or beyond our ability is to be defeated. Prayer, work, and determination can go a long way in overcoming.

Jesus: “On earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

The Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials (2 Peter 2:9).