Saturday, November 7, 2009

Adversity: Trial of Principle

Adversity is the trial of principle.
Without it, a man hardly knows whether he is honest or not.
- Henry Fielding
Isn't it amazing how adversity brings out true character? Throughout my years of being involved with pastoral ministry, I have seen the good and the bad. When calamity strikes, I have witnessed a weak person suddenly possess resolute strength and, yet, another give in to dishonesty and a loss of integrity. The next time adversity comes through your door, be determined to prove your character is impeccable.
Psalm 25:21 "Let integrity and uprightness preserve me." (NKJV)


  1. How true. Adversity will bring out our true character...and if it's not quite right, adversity will either help us build it back up or adversity will help us tear our character down.

  2. Karen - it hurts to watch people allow adversity to devastate them. If only people could realize adversity can work for the good of our character. Even in your own life, you have had more adversity than one deserves. Although pain cannot be erased, you have always shown strength of character and persevered through it all. I love you, Sis. Hopper. You are such a great example for us younger girls.