I’m writing this on a day where the first world problem is that a travel agent has gone bust, but there are far worse things going on in the world most days.
I would add that success is a harder test of virtue than failure, and riches than poverty, because many when they succeed forget God and listen to the evil that is said among us.
And rejoicing in the suffering of others is never a true witness or our merciful God.
17 Better is a dry morsel with quiet
than a house full of feasting with strife.
2 A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully
and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
3 The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,
and the Lord tests hearts.
4 An evildoer listens to wicked lips,
and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.
5 Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker;
he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.