Today I was given the wonderful opportunity to speak on the Samuel Ball show on UCB 2. This is a wonderful show, with stories of everyday people and their journey with God.
Today I want to explore the issue of suffering. There is a verse in the bible which states:
3 Not only so, but we[a] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Bible Gateway.com)
Another translation states: ‘hope does not disappoint us’.
Hope never disappoints us. That is my experience. And suffering produces hope!
How can this be? How does this happen? Well my answer is that suffering is true for many, especially at this time. And some people have battled mental health issues for years and years. But that endurance builds character in us and then those of us who have suffered and battled can help others who are suffering. I feel suffering produces empathy and some of the most wonderful hopeful people who make us feel better have truly suffered. Like this wonderful man Nick Vujicic. He was born with no arms an no legs and is one of the most inspiring joyous people I have ever seen.
Here is today’s recipe of hope; a short clip from Nick to encourage us all to get back up.