Splendid or Self-Interested

Our lives have an infinite range of possibilities for becoming something splendid and Christlike or something sad, self-interested; a hellish kind of thing. So much of that possibility hinges on how we respond to affliction—will it deepen or derail us? Regardless of why grief has walked over our lives, there always remains the hope of a bright and blazing life, the life God wants to grow inside us. For that to happen, however, we must endure moments of bitterness and brokenness. “If you are His companion with Him in pain.” wrote Thomas a Kempis, “you will be His companion in glory.” It’s affliction, mysteriously, that produces the glory.