“Man is born for trouble, / As sparks fly upward.” Who offered this insight? A philosopher in an ivory tower or a monk in cloistered monastery? No. These words dripped with pain from the pen of a flesh and blood sufferer. These words came from the pen of Job.
Picture someone who walks in integrity, loves God, and treats others with kindness and grace and mercy…and then, suddenly, loses everything. How could this happen? And could it happen to you? Who knows? The experience may be just around the corner.
Men are especially vulnerable to temptation in times of stress. A wife’s emotional support is critical and these times. Husbands need the wisdom, perspective, and spiritual strength of their spouses.
Pain is a part of life. And it’s in these “crucibles” our identity is shaped. Hard times are a transformative experience.
As Christians we’re called to be gracious and loving, but we’re not called to be doormats. Sometimes enough is enough.
One day you’ll have a tombstone. What will it say?
How do you stay young? Keep developing your mind, maintain your sense of humour, pursue your dreams, and never stop seeking and serving God.