“God will never give you more than you can handle, but He gives you just as much as you can bear.” In other words, He fills each one of our cups to the rim. One might be tempted to look at another and think, “That person doesn’t have to suffer the way I do. It isn’t fair. Why would God allow so much to happen to me, while others don’t seem to have to suffer at all ?” It is hard to be grateful when we are suffering, when we are not getting our way, when our child is hurting… How are we supposed to be grateful during these times ? Perspective is how. It’s all in how you look at it. You see, the difference isn’t in how much or how little God fills your “cup”, but rather, it is the size of the cup which differs. This vessel, or “cup” which is being filled is none other than ourselves. We are the cup. Our body and soul is this vessel which is so graciously being poured upon and filled with blessings every day of our lives. These blessings may come in the form of trials and illnesses, of laughter and happy memories, of tears and heartbreak. Everything that happens in our lives is a blessing to be embraced. THAT is where the gratitude comes in. Perspective. So, knowing this, how can we not be grateful for our sufferings? How can we not whole-heartedly surrender ourselves to His will for us, knowing that all that occurs in our lives occurs out of His love for us; a love so deep that it is as an endless ocean of mercy ? During the agony in the garden, Christ Himself, our model, underwent unspeakable sufferings and temptations. Three times He prayed, “Father, if it be Your will, let this cup pass from Me, only not my will, but Yours be done.” Christ didn’t have to do this. He didn’t have to make this request of His father, yet He did this to show us how we should act in times of suffering and temptations. It is okay to ask God for something, yet it is always to be followed up with, “Not my will, but Yours be done.” This is acceptance. It is the acceptance of God’s will being done in our lives. It is the acceptance that God knows better than we do what is best for us. “God never gives us more than we can handle, but He gives us just as much as we can bear.” He fills our cup to the rim with the events that occur in our lives – with what He knows we can handle, but our cups runneth over when it comes to His love for us.