”Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.“
James 1:2-4 (MSG)

Whatever challenges or struggles you may be facing, whatever the pressure might be, you are to consider it a gift, or as one translation reads “an opportunity for joy.” It is precisely at the moment of the challenge that you have a choice to make. You can either choose to view your challenge as a calamity or an opportunity to produce greater character in your life.

Heavenly Father, help me to respond, and not to react. Help me to take on Your perspective and keep my flesh out of the way. Help me to see this challenge that I’m going through right now as an opportunity for You to show yourself strong in my life, and to develop in me a more Godly character.