I’ve been working on a series of scholarship recipient videos for the Christie Foundation in Champaign, IL. I’ve been very impressed with the drive, determination, and passion that I’ve seen in these young adults.
One of the recurring themes I’ve noticed is that many of the students we’ve worked with have a time in their lives that’s been extremely difficult. One young man saw his brother go through an intense battle with non-Hodkins lymphoma. Another student struggled with a degenerative muscle disease and faced the loss of her musical abilities. Another had a dream of being a soccer player, but suffered through repeated injuries and couldn’t continue. One woman we interviewed lost her child at birth.
In each of these stories, the intense experience of struggle and pain sparked a passion to pursue their respective areas of study, and shaped their future careers. Someday in the future, hundreds if not thousands of people will find help in their own painful experiences because of the character in these exceptional young people.
Romans 5:3-5 says, “… We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame…”
We’d never wish suffering on anyone, but it happens. When it does, look for the resulting fruit. It could be sweeter than you’d expect.