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Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.

—William Ellery Channing (by Oswald Chambers; Public Domain)

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We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.
 

—2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (photo <a href="http://Image by Markus Naujoks from Pixabay“>Free Use)

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It is the critical moment that shows the man. So when the crisis is upon you, remember that God, like a trainer of wrestlers, has matched you with a rough and stalwart antagonist. ‘To what end?’ you ask? That you may prove the victor at the Great Games. Yet without toil and sweat this may not be!

—Epictetus (Public Domain)

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Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.

Huxley, Aldous, 1954, pd

— Aldous Huxley(1954, Public Domain)

…There are two components to this: putting yourself in the arena with the understanding that this is where you will be constantly tested; and developing the mettle that only comes with facing your experiences head on. Prepare to do battle each day, welcome each experience, and handle each with skill and precision. Gauge your results and prepare for tomorrow. In this way, your personal and spiritual growth is assured.

MSH, Penn Wealth

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Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.

Lewis, CS, by Arthur Strong, 1947_Free Use

—C.S. Lewis (by Arthur Strong, 1947; Free Use)

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Embrace Adversity

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.

Horace

Horace (public domain)

…We control our world by the way we perceive it.

While we cannot orchestrate external circumstances, we have full power over the way we perceive those circumstances, thus controlling the way they affect our lives. Most of us cringe, get angry, or even fall into a depression when adversity comes our way. However, once we realize that life is a proving ground Divinely designed to help us grow toward our Creator, we begin to see each individual challenge for what it really is: simply another opportunity for spiritual advancement.

Remember, God doesn’t throw anything at us we cannot handle. And the more we put ourselves out there in the arena, the bigger target we become for adversity. That is the way it is supposed to be! Don’t try to hide in the stands, it is a miserable existence; enter through the Gate of Life, and then embrace and fully live the experience!

MSH

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Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.

Shakespeare

—William Shakespeare

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