What happens when you don’t go through rough times?

I believe that a person who never faces resistance will not be able to accomplish anything. In the past, I kept a small tomato and pepper garden. I found that if a seedling is not exposed to wind, it will grow fine until it reaches a certain size. As it reaches maturity, it will not be able to remain upright. It will fall over like a wet noodle even without wind blowing. The wind actually stiffens the fibers of the stalk of the little seedling, like resistance builds strong muscles and bones of the human body.

When a child is never presented with any problems, is never told “no”, and is completely sheltered from anything that would be difficult, that child will grow fine until a certain point. As the person matures and is exposed to real life situations, how will that person be able to stand up on his or her own? I believe that through adversity and tough times, we develop the ability to stand stronger and stronger.

An old saying that has a grain of truth is “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” So while nobody wants to go through adversity or hard times, through our difficulties we grow stronger. In our successes we can look back at our struggles and know that God knew what we needed even though we didn’t want to go through it. I am not asking God to send me through the ringer, but I thank Him for the lessons I have learned and the growth that he has allowed me to achieve through Him.


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3 responses to “What happens when you don’t go through rough times?

  1. Ela

    I love what you wrote and I have an answer to that if pain is weakness leaving the body than then the only thing to say is “BOY AM I STRONG OR WHAT”.

    Love ya,


  2. Ela, while I was writing, I was thinking about you specifically. You are one of the strongest people I know. Most other people would have folded if they faced what you have. You exemplify the scripture and song that I heard in church as a small child. “The joy of the Lord is my strength.”

  3. Ela

    Phil if he was not my STRENGTH with everything I have been thru this past year with Ivan’s passing and my health going down hill you bet I would have folded and that has crossed my thoughts several time and I know is the enemy telling me that there is a way out. I’m not taking it.!!! I am holding HIS hand as tight as I can and rest in HIS arms a much as I can.

    Love ya,

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