“And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope” (Romans 5:3-4).

Among the many paradoxes of our faith is that the greatest life lessons are learned in the worst of experiences.  Character isn’t nurtured while sitting in the harbor or sailing only calm seas.  Character is forged in the storms of life.  We must determine whether our troubling days will be obstacles or opportunities.

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