The message below points to the wisdom of those who have learned the hard way and concluded, trails can undoubtedly be the blessings which most effectively mold us and makes us grateful for who we have become and the many gifts we have been shown.
Nothing teaches humility better. And humility is crucial for man's grasp of grace and forgiveness.
Scriptures are great for clarifying this understanding, especially for those whom were uncertain or required further examples.
I have known a few, rare people, who simply exuded this spirit of wisdom, humility and compassion. And I have known many others who have been preached to for decades, yet still seem to lack any deep understanding for atonement and grace.
Personal trails are definitely the most effective teaching tool in life. One of the many reasons Christians who, over emphasize on scripture reading (or study), versus the applications of their own personal testimonies (private or public), are often lacking discernment and adequate perspective when choosing to judge another; given the fact the price we all pay on our journey to grace, humility and wisdom is often perilously high.
In other words, some lack the personal testimony to bring such grace and love to light; while many just simply, ignore it. The test for all of us, is to maintain grace for such careless oversights as well.
This journey, our journeys are neither an intellectual process nor one we should ever judge in others. It is shameful and truly costly when such judgments occur. :-(
Robert F. Kennedy Tombstone inscription:
“He who learns must suffer
And even in our deep pain that cannot forget
Falls drop by drop, upon the heart,
And in our own despair, against our will,
Comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.”
About Elisabeth Kübler-Ross:
She was a very interesting and accomplished women! Fun to read her biography of accomplishments and quotes. Twenty honorary degrees! Sounds like some sort of record! And yet she is a steward in teaching humility and grace. You have to love that about her!
Another quote she shared:
"We need to teach the next generation of children from day one that they are responsible for their lives. Mankind's greatest gift, also its greatest curse, is that we have free choice. We can make our choices built from love or from fear."