The principle for this month I will admit, is not true for everyone. In order to apply it, you will have to come to a unique perspective. I hope, after you’re done reading this, you can acknowledge the truth this principle holds.
“Tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint.”
Suffering is the worst, isn’t it? Wouldn’t it be so much better to go through life with no suffering at all? But then, how would we know what joy is if we don’t also know what suffering is? This is part of the truth held within this principle.
Tribulations absolutely break some people to the point where they never fully recover. And sometimes, it’s not even possible to recover. But most of the time, the tribulations we go through have a light at the end of the tunnel. There is an end to the turmoil.
Each time we go through something and get through it, it builds our perseverance. Then, the next time we go through a similar thing, it’s not as hard on us. The more difficulties someone goes through in their life, the more equipped they become at handling difficult situations. The perseverance starts to build character.
Character can be identified differently from person to person. For the most part, though, we have a general understanding of what strong character looks like. If we choose to run from our tribulations or choose not to learn from what we go through, then we do not build perseverance and our character is most likely not going to change or grow.
When we learn to start seeing our tribulations with new perspectives in order to learn from them, our character begins to strengthen as we persevere. This leads us to hope. For one, we know that each time we go through something difficult, there is an end to it. Secondly, we know that going through this difficult thing helps us in the long run. It strengthens us at our core and prepares us for the next thing that comes our way.
Leaders that learn to apply this principle to heart, learn to find joy in their tribulations knowing that the end result will produce something far greater than what was there before, which is hope that does not disappoint.