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I am mistaken to think that suffering is something to be avoided. Jesus challenges me to embrace it. That is what He did. That is how He lived.

Jesus, the Messiah, can show me how. He is my model for how to do it.

This is stunning as it requires that I change my mind about what is good for me and what isn’t.

It challenges me to depend on God completely for everything. Not just a few things but for every last thing.

God has a goal in mind for me. It includes suffering. I must embrace it. No running allowed.

Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how.” ~~Jesus (The Message John 9:25)