Since I'm on vacation, I'm going to post a few quick thoughts.
Several weeks ago, I heard a story about a man who was unceremoniously released from his teaching position at a Bible college. He had been there for many years and then he just wasn't anymore. How did he respond? Not with a cross word. Not with complaining. He just accepted it and moved on to other things in life. What are these other things? A daily devotional that he emails out to people and posts on Facebook. Some might say that he has stronger faith or more faith or maybe he's better person.
After some thinking, I disagree with all of these. I think he is just more submissive. He submits that what is going on in life is up to God. God is in control, so he doesn't need to be. Yes you could say that to do so requires stronger faith. However by doing so, you strengthen your faith. So to me that seems like an argument about the chicken or the egg. So next time you think about someone who is a better person than you or someone who has more faith than you do, think about how submissive they are and you can follow that example.