Using Joseph, son of Jacob as our paradigm, understand that Jesus builds in us a vigorous, attractive life through his word. It’s seen in two ways.
First, a Life That Honors Life’s Circumstances as God’s will for us at that time. We see them as the means of deepening our discipleship and witness. Even when we don’t understand or explain WHY we’re subjected to them.
With Joseph, we believe that God ordinarily allows only the circumstances that develop greater faith in us ONCE they’re accepted as God’s will. THEN...adversity that breaks lesser faith only bolsters strong into redoubtable faith.
Second, A Life Capable of Emulating Christ’s Message. Christians don’t live under the curse afflicting so many gifted people. WHO put the best of themselves into their work, leaving only the beggarly for their personal lives. Frederick Chopin, incomparably skilled pianist, couldn’t find peace within himself. He found himself unable to cast off thoughts that poisoned his happiness. He could only “groan and suffer and pour out” his despair at the piano. Internet, 10/30/19
I’ve read the same tortured conflicts in Frank Lloyd Wright, Peter Tchaikovsky, Ludwig von Beethoven and Leo Tolstoy. People of genius in the arts who found their personal unity fractured by perplexing contradictions. Tchaikovsky, for example, defined happiness as what one pursues but never accrues. A human longing for happiness finds a mindless Fate interfering. End Part II