Crude oil in its raw form is not usable; it has to be refined before it becomes useful. When refined, petrol, kerosene, diesel, gas, bitumen and other by-products are produced. Similarly, gold, diamond and other minerals in their crude form does not appear brilliant, they all have to be refined before their beauty is revealed.
In the same vein, Man in his natural form is crude; he has to be refined before he can function at his maximum capacity. One of the ways the Creator refines Man is through trials. Unfortunately, people do not want to endure trials, thus they remain crude – unprocessed and underdeveloped. Great men are often those that have been refined by trials over and over. Even Confucius commented that "the gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials".
You will only be free from trials when you’re six (6) feet below the surface of the earth, so perish the thought that you’re going to have it rosy all the way. Instead of avoiding trials, endure it because the trial(s) will leave you stronger, brilliant, and better. No matter what you’re going through, keep your head up high. Stay focused, the trial(s) will pass. Don’t cower when trials come, combat. You can win!
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