1 Corinthians 13:9
For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, you are God's building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one's work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is. If anyone's work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
And I was thinking about my life. I want the foundation of my life to be of precious stones, gold and silver. When going through fiery trials I don't want it to burn up like wood, hay and straw.
The heat of life, the stress and pressures to conform, the questions, the uncertainties all can either burn my character up, or cause my character to become beautiful. The character is the gold, silver, and precious stones.
I don't know about you, but I want my character to be like rubies. Rubies or pearls.