One of the greatest things I see regarding the way Jesus endured the pain and suffering He experienced on the cross was His ability to maintain His focus on something that gave Him joy. There will never be a problem or predicament I face that will compare to the agony and anguish that Jesus withstood. I am without excuse if I complain, grumble, or resist any situation God allows to occur in my life. I pray that He will help me maintain my focus on Him whenever I face any form of adversity, no matter how difficult it may seem.
"I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead."
"Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all."