Tried and True
An old violin player explained why his violin had such quality. It was made from a certain kind of European tree, but not all of these trees would do. "The trees in the forest, sheltered by their neighbors, will not do," he said. "Fine violins come from lonely trees that grows on the hillsides where the wind twists them and the sun beats up on them and where the roots have to search deeply for water and where they have to be hardy to survive." So the Christian is the stronger and more useful who faces and overcomes trials.