Romans 5:3-4 NIV, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
Although we don’t delight in suffering, especially while it’s happening to us, we know that God has a purpose for all of our hardships. We can rejoice knowing that as we persevere through our hardships, we are growing in character and hope.
The lessons we’ve learned from the difficulties we’ve faced, the wrong choices we’ve made, or from our spiritual journey of learning to trust the Lord, will benefit us throughout our lives.
No part of our life story is ever wasted. Every single chapter has a purpose, has helped us to become who we are today, and has allowed us to be able to help others. Just because we don’t understand every page of every chapter, doesn’t mean it’s not part of God’s plan.
The experiences we’ve had all work together for good as we continue to love, trust, and serve the Lord.