Fire tests the purity of silver and gold,
but a person is tested by being praised. ~ Proverbs 27:21 New Living Translation
In Biblical times precious metals melted
in a crucible as impurities
were skimmed, the gold 24-carat pure.
Heat and stress on the metal
Is praise, heaped on a person
and dealt with without swelled ego
and arrogance, testing
your mettle to show you have
the heart to follow through
when the going gets tough?