This article is so good.
Here are some quotes (the large font is so you can read the wisdomey goodness better):
There is a difference between “pain” and “suffering.” Pain is the natural human response to our human conditions. You spill hot coffee in your lap; you yell and let fly a few words that you ordinarily don’t use. That’s pain. … But suffering is the mental, emotional and spiritual anguish that is added because you have made your well-being dependent upon your human conditions. If you spill the coffee, and then berate yourself for being a total failure and stupid person, then you are allowing your sense of self to be determined by your human conditions. That’s suffering.
At your core, you are as God created you-an image or reflection or expression of God. You became lost to this fact, and instead created a life based on a false identity. This produces a deep disharmony within you because you instinctively know you are falling short of God’s loving intention for you. … The life, teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus offer the healing balm enabling you to overcome this. That healing balm is knowing you are a beloved child of God, and all is forgiven.
This article speaks to exactly what I’ve been contemplating lately: the idea that it is impossible to achieve peace because of all the hardships and tragedies of life. There are too many ways I mess up with God, and ultimately, my desire for perfection has pinned my hopes for joy and peace on circumstances outside myself, and I’ve imagined the good life to be “if only this…if only that…”
The Kingdom of Heaven is within you. – Jesus