A September 10 message from Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest presented this food for thought: a crisis does not build something within us, it reveals our content. Another way to say the same thing, perhaps better known is: adversity does not build character, it reveals it.
One of the most interesting depictions I’ve ever seen of adversity revealing character is the HBO program “Band of Brothers”. Some had character, others did not. Some were characters. It was also interesting to note that some with character eventually reached the end of their mental/emotional rope due to a traumatic event.
The question I ask myself is “do I have character?” I’ve been told I do; the word used was “integrity”. But then I consider my reaction to various stresses and wonder. I pray to be delivered from the thorns but am not. Perhaps I am not praying enough? Perhaps my faith is not real? I don’t know. Meanwhile I strive on.