This is perhaps my favorite quote from the “Count of Monte Cristo”. Edmond Dantes is giving a toast of manhood to young Albert, and in that toast, this quote emerges. Life truly is stormy at times, and lovely in others. What will you, as a man (or a woman), do when you face trials? Will you react as a child and live in fear, complaining, and indecision? Or as a man- With courage, rejoicing, and confidence?
Just some thoughts for you today. I hope you enjoy pondering them as much as I have.
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
James 1: 2-7