Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire: adversity, trials and tribulations, obstacles and setbacks; things that test and change us, purify us and make into a better person. 

Great faith must have great trials. Charles Spurgeon

Prosperity tries the fortunate, adversity the great. Pliny the Younger

We can decide to let our trials crush us, or we can convert them to new forces of good.  Helen Adams Keller  

  Many of us have learned we did not know what our capabilities were until we were willing to experience failure to achieve success, pain in order to have victory, and setbacks before going forward. A well known adage proclaims “nothing ventured, nothing gained”. We are not likely to develop our gifts and talents if we never allow ourselves to be tested by fire, by the ups and downs of life and events that may cause pain and heartache.

     Incalculable resources have been wasted throughout the ages by the many lives that never came close to achieving their potential. Enormous waste continues today as a result of the millions or billions of lives only embracing the challenges of life at the lowest levels. Consider the enormous waste in human potential. There are those who find themselves born into bare, deplorable and horrendous circumstances. In many respects their lot in life is beyond their control. These individuals employ everything they have, in many places, just to survive one more day. Many die to the hands of starvation and even genocide. Then there are the rest of us. Our lot in life and our circumstances are very much more in our control. Are we where we should be?

     Too many of us live on the low side of our potential. We have capabilities and potential going wasted and poorly used. Some of us know this; while others continue clueless and unaware. We are too fearful, timid, wimpy, complacent, cowardly or “fill in the blank” with the right word. We are afraid of pain, of failure, embarrassment, disappointment or “fill in the blank”. We should come to grips with our circumstances, whatever is holding us back, and determine to do more to reach our potential. We must be willing to risk trial by fire. It purifies, tempers, hardens and makes us stronger. We must be willing to risk and face some pain to grow our potential. There are many who have shown us how: Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Edison, Oprah Winfrey and Lance Armstrong to name only a very few. They were made stronger by their trials by fire.

      Many have learned without some pain there is little or no gain. It takes a willingness to risk and suffer our share of painful moments in order for us to be refined, purified and by the process achieve more of our potential.  

Challenge: You have become the person you are by the experiences that shaped and formed you. The more you have been tested, stretched, exposed to new things, and all the thing that have happened, good and bad, have produced what defines you as your present self. It is a part of life’s process to grow us by exposing us to things that test us. You have more unused talents and capabilities waiting inside. What are you waiting for?

Wisdom: Times of great calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm. Charles Caleb Colton   

Spiritual: (NIV)

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

  We often forget that we are made of the “stuff” that comes from God. The Bible tells us we have some of his spirit within us as a part of our basic make up. We are equipped with capabilities and possibilities that continue to define the greatest scientists and mathematicians. The typical human being lives their life using only a small portion of their possibilities. It is part of God purpose to help us to develop into what he designed us to be.

Prayer: Help me to become that which you intended me to be. Show me the way and guide me there.


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