I never knew pain;
So I never learned compassion.
I always got my way very quickly;
So I never learned patience.
I never had a friend in need;
So I never learned generosity.
I never lacked for food or raiment;
So I never learned thankfulness.
I was never wronged by anyone;
So I never learned forgiveness.
I always found it easy to accomplish my goals;
So I never learned discipline.
I never had any desires that I was forbidden to
So I never learned self-control.
I never learned any godly traits through trial;
So I never entered the Kingdom.
"Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you
are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice
that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed
when his glory is revealed" (1Pe 4:12,13).
"Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when
he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised
to those who love him" (Jam 1:12).