Booker T. Washington said, "Character is power." A very simple statement, but yet it carries such a deeper meaning. He also said, "Success is to be measured not so much by the position one reached in life as by the obstacles he has overcome." Character is formed because the obstacles exist, my friend. It is impossible to develop strong, trusting, and well-founded character where there has been no "testing" of that character. Character doesn't just "happen" - it doesn't just fall into place one day in our lives. It is because we have been tested on all accounts and found lacking in nothing!
Avoidance is the act of staying away from something - usually because it brings some kind of negative effect into your life. For example, if you are a diabetic, you avoid the intake of high quantities of simple sugars because they bring the negative effect of elevating your blood glucose to unhealthy levels. If you were like me as a kid, listening to mom and dad tell you the electrical outlets were actually dangerous didn't matter all that much until you put the bobby pin into the tiny slots and felt that jolt of electric current course through your body! At that point, you recognized electricity as having a "dangerous" side to it - it produces negative effects when embraced in a wrong manner. Both of these are good things, when used correctly. Sugar has a benefit of producing energy within our cells, but an over-abundance of it will have a bad effect. Electricity lights our path and keeps us warm on cold nights, but not contained as it should be and it can produce