“Accept that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue.” Roger C. Andersen, as quoted in THE ROTARIAN.
“Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of.” Charles Spurgeon (1834 – 1892) was a British Particular Baptist preacher, known as the Prince of Preachers.
“A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BC – AD 65) was a Roman Stoic philosopher,statesman, dramatist.
“We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.” Henry Ward Beecher (1813 – 1887) was an American Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, and speaker, known for his support of the abolition of slavery.
“Reality show? You can't find anything better than boxing because of the trials and errors, the ups and downs, the struggle when you get knocked down to get back up. Use it symbolically and interchangeably for life.” Don King (1931 - ) is an American boxing promoter whose career highlights include promoting "The Rumble in the Jungle" and the "Thrilla in Manila.”
“Every man deems that he has precisely the trials and temptations which are the hardest of all others for him to bear; but they are so, simply because they are the very ones he most needs.” Lydia M. Child (1802 – 1880), was an American abolitionist, women's and Indians’ rights activist, novelist, and journalist.
“The Lord's mercy often rides to the door of our heart upon the black horse of affliction.” Charles H. Spurgeon (1834 – 1892) was a British Particular Baptist preacher, known as the Prince of Preachers.
“Life itself is simple...it's just not easy.” Steve Maraboli (1975 - ) is an internet/radio commentator, behavioral science academic, and best selling author.
“It takes darkness to be aware of the light.” Author unknown
“...the sorrows God sent us brought comfort and strength with them, while the sorrows we brought on ourselves, through folly or wickedness, were by far the hardest to bear.” L.M. Montgomery (1874 – 1942) was a Canadian author best known for a series of novels beginning in 1908 with Anne of Green Gables.
“Before the fruits of prosperity can come, the storms of life need to first bring the required rains of testing, which mixes with the seeds of wisdom to produce a mature harvest.” Lincoln Patz
“There are many who don't wish to sleep for fear of nightmares. Sadly, there are many who don't wish to wake for the same fear.” Richelle E. Goodrich is a modern American, writer and artist.
“Forget what hurt you in the past, but never forget what it taught you. However, if it taught you to hold onto grudges, seek revenge, not forgive or show compassion, to categorize people as good or bad, to distrust and be guarded with your feelings then you didn’t learn a thing. God doesn’t bring you lessons to close your heart. He brings you lessons to open it, by developing compassion, learning to listen, seeking to understand instead of speculating, practicing empathy and developing conflict resolution through communication. If he brought you perfect people, how would you ever learn to spiritually evolve?” Shannon L. Alder is a modern American author and blogger.
“Until you have stood in another woman’s stilettos, you will never begin to know the year of pain she felt breaking them in.” Shannon L. Alder is a modern American author and blogger.
“Spiritual pain is when you can’t stand another moment not knowing the real truth, and when you finally do know you can’t let go.” Shannon L. Alder is a modern American author and blogger.
“It is good for us to have trials and troubles at times, for they often remind us that we are on probation and ought not to hope in any worldly thing. It is good for us sometimes to suffer contradiction, to be misjudged by men even though we do well and mean well. These things help us to be humble and shield us from vainglory. When to all outward appearances men give us no credit, when they do not think well of us, then we are more inclined to seek God Who sees our hearts. Therefore, a man ought to root himself so firmly in God that he will not need the consolations of men.” Thomas à Kempis (c. 1380 – 1471) was a German cleric of the late medieval period and the author of the Christian devotional classic The Imitation of Christ.
“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny...” C. S Lewis (1898 – 1963), was a novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lec