Updated: Feb 12, 2021
Our suffering is a good thing.
You are probably thinking that sounds crazy! I don't know anyone who really enjoys suffering in any way, shape, or form. Our suffering takes the focus off of the things in our life that really hold little importance. We are forced to dig deeper to find strength. The strength that we don't have enough of all on our own. Suffering produces wisdom and strength that we simply would not grasp if we did not come through hard times.
Remember Paul and how he suffered? He wrote to the church in Corinth saying "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
We can lose heart so easily when going through our difficulties. Paul chose to take the opportunity of his sufferings and turn his focus inward. He didn't wallow in his suffering where his own feet would fail. He chose to find his inner strength with the help of the holy spirit. Don't lose sight of the eternal glory we get to receive when we live believing and in relationship with Christ. The reward will greatly out way our sufferings now. The fact is we all suffer. But, we do not all live in Christ. Would you rather suffer now and have Christ by your side to carry you through and then some day live in the eternal glory of heaven with Christ? Or would you rather suffer now on your own, without the strength of the holy spirit, and have no heavenly reward?
Don't let your suffering go to waste. Work toward shifting your mindset and learn to appreciate the trials and the knowledge they have to offer. We don't have to suffer for nothing. We don't have to suffer alone.