When you are suffering, do you say "Woe is me" or do you embrace your suffering while realizing that there is a purpose for your suffering?
The reality of suffering is that while we are in this world, we will suffer. We will suffer from slight headaches and minor colds to cancer, heart attacks and even death of a loved one.
Suffering is a part of living. Therefore, as long as we live, we will suffer to some degree.
Here is something to think about. God has a purpose for our suffering. Our suffering is usually part of our blessing. However, at the time of the suffering we might not see the blessing.
There is such a thing as "redemptive suffering." That simply means that you should offer up your suffering in order to obtain the greater good. Think of your suffering as the pain of an operation you go through to be healthy after it is over. Any mother will tell you that the suffering she goes through to have a baby is soon forgotten after she sees her precious baby. Jesus suffered and become a sacrifice on the cross because He knew what was beyond the cross...our redemption. We, too, must look beyond our cross to see how our suffering is redemptive.
If you want to let your suffering be redemptive, then you should offer it up to God as a sacrifice.
To make that point clearer, read 2 Corinthians 1:5-7 where Paul says:
"For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us: so also by Christ doth our comfort abound. Now whether we be in tribulation, it is for your exhortation and salvation: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation: or whether we be exhorted, it is for your exhortation and salvation, which worketh the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer. That our hope for you may be steadfast: knowing that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so shall you be also of the consolation."
In other words, if we suffer for Christ, He will comfort us in the same measure. Our tribulation is for our exhortation. If we are partakers of the sufferings, we are also partakers of the comfort.
We may not understand why God allows us to suffer, but we must trust that there is a reason for it, whether it is for our correction, pruning, or purification or to help others.
Let your mess become your message. Let your test become your testimony.
Know that you would not be where you are today if there had not been suffering of some kind in your life.
Don't let your suffering be in vain. Offer it up to God as redemptive suffering.