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In my compulsive efforts to manage the universe, my life became unmanageable. I worried incessantly about all the pain and suffering around me. Worrying gave me an illusion of control. It allowed me to manage people and circumstances within the confines of my mind.
When I heard someone say that pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional, I didn't like the sound of that one bit! Up to that point, I had been firmly convinced that suffering was noble - virtuous. The idea that pain is inevitable but that suffering is optional blew a hole in my identity as a victim. I had no choice but to ask for help. Once I did, I found many wonderful sources of strength and encouragement. I'm still working on it - meanwhile I'm stepping out of the victim role - one day at a time and by the grace of God.
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