This is the initial blurb to a series of posts on suffering and trials (Part 1, Part 2)

People don’t change when they see the light. They change when they feel the heat.

We experience the greatest periods of growth during our trials and hardship. Not when the going is good. Treat hardship not as suffering but as an opportunity to grow: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2).

Buck up.

What the Bible Says

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

—Hebrews 12:7–11