Wendy Mohler-Seib, director of faith formation for the Institute for Discipleship, is author of an article published in the Nov. 16, 2021, issue of Firebrand magazine. In it she outlines why shielding youth from struggle may be counter to developing faith.

“Grit, practicing joy in the face of hardship, matures us into the likeness of Jesus Christ. This is the grit Paul exercises and urges the church to develop in Philippians. The encouragement does not necessitate a search for suffering, for suffering is inherent in the human story. However, rejoicing in the face of suffering is not always the human story, but it is God’s story—where all things are made new,” Mohler-Seib writes.

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