Testing your faith is also testing your character. As water reflects your face, so your heart reflects ‘you’. How is your heart in the face of trials, set-backs, on-slogging disappointments? can you believe your best is yet to come? Can you believe you will keep going, keep giving your best and doing your best regardless of the outcome, the yield, the acclaim?

I can’t. I want good character, but without the struggle.

I asked God to give me good character, but all i got was struggle. Feeling miserable,  my friend flopped two verses of wisdom in my face:

“Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the LORD tested Joseph’s character.”
—”Psalm 105:19

“Consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds, for the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
—James 1: 2-4

 

Sooooooo, said the inkling with a wry smile, now can I have good character?
Sure, replied the wise one–Go fetch.