“…He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:10-11
To be trained by discipline or hardship is not very pleasant and the writer of Hebrews readily admits it. But the result of such training is growth in godly character. We can always learn something from any given trial.
Do you remember learning to ride a bike? You quickly learned that the consequences for riding incorrectly were scrapes or bruises from falling on the pavement. Every new attempt at riding your bicycle increased your knowledge of the challenge and prepared you to excel at riding your bike in the future.
Similarly, each difficulty we face in life has the potential to draw us closer to Christ and become more like Him in our thoughts, actions, and words. What if we embraced our everyday irritations or setbacks as opportunities to learn and grow from?