Maybe I’ve just been reading Lamentations a little too much lately. Maybe I need to lighten up.
Fact is, the last two years of my life I’ve spent a significant amount of time thinking about suffering.
Maybe it’s a reaction to the evangelical world’s almost comical current fascination with prosperity and self-actualization – I really don’t know. What I do know, though, is that a seed of a thought has slowly grown to an undeniable conviction that we are massively underestimating the significance, value and meaning of suffering in Christian life.
I hope to write about this topic soon – maybe in a more lengthy format. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with the lyrics of a song by Jon Foreman that has been on repeat on my iPod for more than a year now. I have literally listened to it thousands of times. It’s a great little reminder of the kind of message we don’t like to hear these days:
All along I thought
I was learning how to take
How to bend, not how to break
How to live, not how to cry
I’ve been learning how to die
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