“There are so many graces that can only be pricked into us by the puncture of suffering, and so many lessons that can only be learned through tears, that when God leaves a Christian without any trials, He really leaves him to a terrible danger. His heart, unplowed by discipline, will be very apt to run to the tares of selfishness and worldliness and pride.”
-Theodore Cuyler (via Challies)
There exists within me two wills — that of wanting to be laid low by afflictions so that I might know Christ’s might. And the one that desires comfort for the sake of self.