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It is tempting, in times of struggle, to feel sorry for ourselves, to become focused on our own suffering and struggle, to become focused on how unfair life is, and to feel alone and insecure. Ultimately, however, what really matters is not our own comfort and safety, but whether our lives are meaningful, whether God is at work through us. God offers not safety, but significance, not comfort, but consequence. When we keep focused on God’s agenda, on God’s goals, when we, to use Jesus’ phrase, seek first the kingdom of God, then we will, even in our most desperate hour, find a purpose for our lives, and allies who will help us through.