Tribulations and Character Development

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In 1957, a scientist named Edmund Schulman discovered the oldest living organism in earth’s history – the Bristlecone pine. He named his discovery “Methuselah”. The name actually came from a Bible character under the same name who was known to be the longest-lived person mentioned in the Scriptures.

This tree is estimated to be 5,000 years old. Imagine it was already an old tree when the Egyptians were building the pyramids?

The Bristlecone pine can be found atop the mountains of Western United States and grows at an elevation of more than 10,000 feet. The tree survived the harshest living conditions on earth: below zero temperature, brawny winds, small amount of rainfall and thin oxygen.

This tree reminds me of the words of Mark Malloch-Brown,

Good timber does not grow in ease;

The stronger wind, the tougher trees;

By sun and cold, by rain and snows,

In tree or man, good timber grows.

Tribulations in a man’s life will give him character. As such, difficulties that we will encounter could actually be good for us. Adversities are important ingredients of life’s process that will produce good results in our lives. Just like the proud “Methuselah”, the tree that survived the harsh elements of nature.


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