Generally my approach to hardship is to say something like “hey, it could be worse; I could be that guy, or have that problem.” or something like “I have been greatly blessed: I have food, a nice home, a great job, and a wonderful family,” and this ultimately means the same thing: it could be worse.
But what about the guy who it couldn’t be worse for? What about the guy who says “i would rather anything but this” or the guy who can’t think of anybody who is in a worse situation? The guy at the bottom?
At that point we see what we really have, the only thing that matters: redemption and resurrection. We also see how greatly we value this, what it means to us. Am I hopeless at this point? Do I curse God at this point? Or do I cling more closely to Him, and lean wholly on the great blessing of resurrection, the hope and peace of knowing that I have all I need, even when I don’t have the other things that are most important to me?
When we look at how things could be worse we miss the point. When we see that there is nothing that could take away our life in Christ we get the point.
This is hard to practice. This shows us where we are and what we really believe.
But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.
that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.