Rom 5:3-5: but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” (NIV).

When our children suffer, whether from their own bad choices or those of someone else, we want so badly to rescue them from the pain or to tell them how to avoid finding themselves in that predicament again.  But, God has another plan – to perfect them through their trials. Character building lessons are rarely learned from the triumphs of life.  Rather, it is the trials in our lives that teach us how to persevere despite the pain.  Taking trials away from our kids deprives them of the chance to grow, build character and learn to hope in God.

The best character-building lessons are learned from trials.  Try not to inhibit your child’s growth by rescuing or taking over a difficult situation.