Challenges tend to push us from our comfort zone to places that can be uncomfortable. The tendency is to go the path of least resistance. We should be thankful for those who push us, for, they help move us to a place of growth. In my Christian walk there have been people who have encouraged and loved on me, but the ones who challenged me are the ones who have helped bring the greatest change. Not all of these could be called friends(some can), but they were all used of God to shape my life. Even Jesus sent the disciples into the storm to reveal Himself as the One Who walks on water. Embrace the challenges today, look for the activity of God, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, move ahead in positive life change.