“In the secular view, suffering is never seen as a meaningful part of life but only as an interruption.” JP
My suffering is not all about me. My suffering is about God using me to have an experience that equips me to do something I can not see right now… but something greater than I could even imagine.
““Christianity teaches that, contra fatalism, suffering is overwhelming; contra Buddhism, suffering is real; contra karma, suffering is often unfair; but contra secularism, suffering is meaningful. There is a purpose to it, and if faced rightly, it can drive us like a nail deep into the love of God and into more stability and spiritual power than you can imagine.” (30)” JP
“Some suffering is given in order to chastise and correct a person for wrongful patterns of life (as in the case of Jonah imperilled by the storm), some suffering is given not to correct past wrongs but to prevent future ones (as in the case of Joseph sold into slavery), and some suffering has no purpose other than to lead a person to love God more ardently for himself alone and so discover the ultimate peace and freedom.” (47) JP