We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. (Brené Brown, researcher and storyteller)

Well, at least, “not at the same time,” Brown says. We are often challenged to step out of our comfort zone, accepting challenges that may frighten us but that offer some kind of success or advancement. The comfort often comes, then, when we successfully accept and overcome the challenge. Challenges are what makes life difficult but at the same time rewarding.

For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. . . . God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. (1 John 1:3; 12).