The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection. —Thomas Paine
The fool speaks, the wise man listens. —Ethiopian proverb
Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver and gold. —Bob Marley
Stumbling is not falling. —Malcolm X
What do righteous men and wicked men have in common? They both fall. What sets them apart? Proverbs 24:16 says, “A righteous man may fall seven times (but he) rises again.”
There is so much that we can learn from the dark corners of Samson’s life. He violated his convictions, compromised his character, and failed to live up to his destiny. Like Samson, most men are fighting secret wars between our guilt and God’s grace.
Lessons Learned the Hard Way is a 28-day devotional written to help men experience God’s mercy in light of our deepest disappointments and areas of vulnerability.
Our hope is that men who read this book and take this journey would experience God’s grace in light of our deepest disappointments and areas of failure. May we be reassured that we have value and that we are deeply loved by our long-suffering God.