Today’s reading is about recognizing how much someone has matured as compared to when you first knew them. It’s about being able to recognize and admire how far this person has come either despite or because of the hardships they’ve gone through. Rather than allowing life to knock them down, this person has been learning and growing. They have become someone who you admire and respect. It’s a good reminder that we should be striving for this in our own lives. Try to view hardships as a means for growth. It doesn’t appear that way hen you’re going through it, but eventually you can see the value of strife.