Hopelessness is at the root of fear. Hopelessness allows suffering to overwhelm. It’s hard to rejoice in our afflictions when we are overcome by the lack of hope.
But if we would just stop and learn to be thankful for one thing while in the midst of our pain, then we will be able to find two things; before you know it, we will find three, and four and even more.
Then suddenly we begin to see that we have the ability to endure and develop trusted character; and finally guess what else we gain?
In all of our intentional gratefulness we experience hope, the very thing we lost when our suffering began.
“… We also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, and endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:3-5