"Therefore, I am content with weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong."
(2 Corinthians 12:10)
We're conditioned at a young age to be strong, confident, bold, self-reliant, and courageous. Books, films, stories, athletic competitions, theater & television all perpetuate this. There's nothing wrong with these values. In fact, then often are needed to get through the ups and downs of life. But as people of faith we know something else: it's not about us and our own abilities. God is real! God gives us the strength, grace, perseverance, and courage to press ahead - especially in the midst of difficulty.
We all have moments in our lives when things don't go exactly the way we'd planned or hoped. In fact, sometimes things get downright discouraging. Insults hurled. Reputations questioned. Hardship ensues. It's in these obvious moments of weakness that God does his best work. Its' here that we must rely on God's strength & power to pull us through.
Because, remember... it's not about us and our abilities. It's all about God! So bring on the hardship - it will only make us stronger, as we trust in the Lord to see us through!