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Reflecting on the last year, KS Maui senior Joshua Worth shares that although it was unusual, trying and at times exhausting, Romans 5:3-5 reminds us that it is through the trials and tribulations that we build endurance and character.

Weekly devotional: What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger

May. 21, 2021

Ka Ipu o Lono shares weekly devotionals to provide spiritual enrichment to members of the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana. For more inspiration, visit the KS “Our faith” website.

Heluhelu Baibala
Bible reading

ʻAʻole ia wale nō, ke hauʻoli nei nō hoʻi kākou i nā pōpilikia; ke ʻike nei, e hana ana ka pōpilikia i ke ahonui; A ʻo ke ahonui i ka hoʻāʻo ʻana; a ʻo ka hoʻāʻo ʻana i ka manaʻolana: A ʻo ua manaʻolana lā ʻaʻole ia i hoʻohilahila; no ka mea, ua ninini ʻia mai ke aloha i ke Akua i loko o ko kākou mau naʻau e ka ʻUhane Hemolele, i hāʻawi ʻia mai iā kākou. Roma 5:3-5

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5


He manaʻo o ke keiki kahu
KS Maui Senior Joshua Worth

This past year has been one of the most unusual, trying, and exhausting times of our lives. It has not been easy missing out on the school events that make the senior year special, managing the heavy workload of our final year, and dealing with personal matters all along the way.

I will not lie, it has been especially difficult being a student leader this year. Navigating student activities safely during the pandemic has been tiring. Every time student leadership came up with a proposal, it seemed that we were always met with “no.” Nevertheless, student leadership returned to the drawing board countless times trying to plan something memorable for the student body.

After being shut down most of the year, student leadership became discouraged. It felt like we missed out on countless opportunities. However, we recently had a student leadership meeting. We remembered and spoke about how ke Akua always has a plan for us. In every situation, there is something to be learned.

God loves us and puts us through hardships for a reason. Through this trying year, we learned how to overcome obstacles, and we became stronger. After having this meeting, we decided to meet with the administration and talk about ways we can move forward and hoʻoponopono. We want to build pilina between the student body, administration, and poʻo kula. We started to make a positive change. While it may be too late to plan out the senior year we wanted, our future keiki and kumu will be better off because of the resolve we found with our administration.

When times get tough, the Bible reminds us that whatever doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. It is through the trials and tribulations that we build endurance and character. As we learn how to get through these trying times, we become more knowledgeable and prepared for the future obstacles we may face. Accept the challenges that life throws at you and see the possibilities of growth with ke Akua beside you.

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