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How to Deal with Challenges and Suffering

How to Deal with Challenges and Suffering

By:  Mission Team November 15, 2021
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I’ve been at Hard as Nails for two years. It has changed my life in so many foundational ways. One of the most valuable ways is how it helps me see the good in suffering. Recently, I tested positive for COVID. My health is not a major concern, and I will probably at most have a stuffy nose and a sore throat. It is more of an inconvenience than anything else. I need to be in a separate room all day with two fellow missionaries that also tested positive. And I only get to go out for an hour each day. In the past my entire mood and spirit would be affected by this misfortune. Yet now, it is the struggles that are the greatest gifts.

Yes, I said it, it is a gift. Gratefulness is the greatest medicine for a life of depression. I have found that instead of simply saying, “I have to be locked in a room and only come out for an hour each day”, gratefulness is a tool which allows me to say, “I get to be in a room all day with just these two missionaries. Yeah, sometimes it will be sucky, but God will help me grow in some way.” To be grateful is being humble enough to find the good in a situation or thing.

Another way to deal with the suffering in your life is by reaching out to others who are suffering. “I am third”… as Father Larry Richards says. It's greater than just myself. When I can stop focusing on my misfortune, and I can focus on another who is struggling, then I am becoming more selfless and more like Christ. Actually, when I share my suffering with someone, it gives them an opportunity to share their suffering and not suffer alone. That is what Christ did by dying for you on the cross. He hangs on the cross, so that now when you are in pain, anxious, depressed, or alone, you may look at Him and share with Him your heart. As He exposed Himself first to you, you may expose yourself to Him and others.

There are some, in fact, who do suffer alone. This is a less obvious gift for those who are of the world. Let me define “of the world.” That is those that seek to be filled by the pleasures of the world and act as though they believe that this world has what they need to have the most happiness they can experience on this earth. Yet we are not made for this earth, we are made for the next. Heaven is our true home. What will prepare us for heaven? Being as unified and in love with Christ and His will as possible. “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38). If I am to say I believe this, then any suffering, even loneliness, has purpose. It is in that loneliness that I might be able to unite myself to Christ when He was alone for forty day and nights in the desert or imprisoned while awaiting His Persecution before Pilate.

I am not saying suffering is inherently good and that it is in some way enjoyable. God does not in the same way desire us to suffer. Yet my God is so great, so mighty, and so good that He can even make loneliness a gift, and a way to encounter you. I often like to think of Rooks in the army. Their team together is put through difficult and sometimes at first glance impossible tasks and exercises. If you were to speak with one, they will tell you how they are so close to one another and are like brothers. My point is those that suffer together are the closest together. Sure, you might have good relationships with people where fun is the center of the relationship, but unless two friends experience suffering together, there is an aspect of each other that is not to one another. Christ wants every bit of you, even your struggles. In fact, He wants to suffer with you.

What I am saying is that every suffering you endure is an invitation to fall in a deeper way in love with Jesus Christ. He loves you and is willing to pursue your heart despite, the ways that you hurt Him.


 These are some ways that I walk with Jesus in my suffering:

 1. Look at a crucifix and tell Jesus out loud, “I am suffering with you,” or “Make me more like Thee.”

2. Hold an actual crucifix (one on a rosary) tightly in my hand.

3. Put my hands on my heart and remind myself that the Holy Spirit lives inside of me.

4. Calling others who are suffering and asking them what they are suffering with. Show them they are not alone.


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About the Author Mission TeamThe mission team is made up of writers within the HN team who serve for a time with our ministry to Awaken the World to the Power of God's Love. Through their efforts, their vision of making a world where no one suffers alone is an encouragement to many hurting people of all ages. 


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