I was reminded this morning that sometimes greatness only comes through hardship and often both are part of God’s plan.
Think about Joseph. God gave him dreams of being great. He gave them to a young boy who did not know how to keep his mouth shut. God knew that Joseph would take those dreams, his brothers would become angry and then do something rash. All that led to Joseph being sold into slavery in Egypt. But if Joseph had not been sold into slavery in Egypt he would have never had the opportunity for the dreams to come true.
Life is not about avoiding suffering, but about leveraging it. When you face overwhelming circumstances begin to ask God what is the purpose. Ask him to reveal his will in it. Don’t waste your pain. Let it build character in you and let it encourage others as they watch you go through it.