Suffering Is Never for Nothing


How much do I want to read more? 6/10

Here suffering is seen as a must to auto-correct ourselves. And to be revealed with the deepest matters we wouldn't get in touch without.
Suffering is intrinsic to love. One cannot go without the other. You cannot love without having the suffering.

There are many bliblical references in this book, that are 70% of the time irrelevant to me. Plus the author's style is not pleasant to read. I try to speed read to catch what interests me. Not much so far.


Foreword

“blood of martyrs is the seed of the church,”

Publisher’s Preface

Elisabeth Elliot died on June 15, 2015, she had suffered dementia for many years.
It is my prayer that this book will re-introduce the work of Elisabeth Elliot to a new generation, while continuing to deepen the seeds she has already planted for so many of us.

Chapter 1 - The Terrible Truth

Alyosha by Ivan Karamazov in Dostoevsky’s famous novel, The Brothers Karamazov, recounting the story of a little girl of five:

These educated parents subjected the poor five-year-old girl to every possible torture. They beat her, flogged her, kicked her, not knowing why themselves, until her whole body was nothing but bruises.
they smeared her face with her excrement and made her eat the excrement.

imagine that you yourself are building the edifice of human destiny with the object of making people happy in the finale, of giving them peace and rest at last, but for that you must inevitably and unavoidably torture just one tiny creature. would you agree to be the architect on such conditions? Tell me the truth.

“Suffering is having what you don’t want or wanting what you don’t have.”
Now can you imagine a world, for example, in which nobody had anything that he didn’t want? no toothaches, no taxes, no touchy relatives, no traffic jams.
Or by contrast, can you imagine a world in which everybody had everything they wanted—perfect weather, perfect wife, perfect husband, perfect health, perfect score, perfect happiness?

Malcolm Muggeridge said, “Supposing you eliminated suffering, what a dreadful place the world would be because everything that corrects the tendency of man to feel over-important and over-pleased with himself would disappear. He’s bad enough now, but he would be absolutely intolerable if he never suffered.

The deepest things that I have learned in my own life have come from the deepest suffering.
The greatest gifts of my life, for example, have been marriage and motherhood.
if we don’t ever want to suffer, we must be very careful never to love anything or anybody. The gifts of love have been the gifts of suffering. Those two things are inseparable.

He said very strange things like this: How happy are those who know what sorrow means. Happy are those who claim nothing. Happy are those who have suffered persecution.

Chapter 2 - The Message