In this world we will have trouble. Jesus promised us this.
This means that if it hasn't already, suffering will find you.
As I prepare the final message in Element's God vs. Suburbia series, which began with a passage in Acts 4 and has subsequently proceeded through Colossians 1, I'm reminding myself to awe over the fact that Paul is writing to the church at Colossae from prison, yet he never complains, whines, or throws a pity party. His plight never obscures his position with the Sovereign Maker of heaven and earth, even as he's talking about his suffering.
Instead, he exults in Christ's supremacy and instructs the Colossians to do the same.
In his pain and suffering, Paul chooses to make much of Jesus, not of his pain and suffering.
Compare this to the average Facebook status or Twitter tweet.
Can we make much of Jesus in these new outlets for our whining?