Now, I am not saying seek out persecution or go looking for difficulty. They will come your way. I am saying that when it comes, welcome it, maybe even desire it (yikes!), with open arms and give thanks for it! Yay! An opportunity!
I was quoting Philippians and BAM! Here is Paul saying, ever so directly, that he desires suffering --
I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, (3:10)
Yes, LORD, timidly praying for the courage to want this same heart because I do so-very-desperately want everything else Paul mentioned in verses 10 and 11,