Why are trials so important to the development of our character?

Our trials are the things that showcase and develop our character. Trials are accompanied by growth opportunities, and without them in our lives we cease to grow. In my own life, it is the trials and hardships I have had to endure that have made me into who I am today.

In one of the sessions on the DVD entitled “Disappointment,” we meet a friend of mine named James. James experienced an abrupt divorce at a young age only two years into his marriage,. Yet, he says he wouldn’t trade that experience in his life for anything. He tells us it revealed to him so much about his life, his ex-wife’s life and even about marriage itself. It was in the middle of the trial he discovered who he really was and who God truly is. Coming through the trial, James is now forever changed. He’s developed, matured and sees things more clearly, all because he was broken.

I believe only in our brokenness can we turn fully to the unbreakable One who develops our character to be more like His.