“It is necessary to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22
Never use this line in scripture as an excuse not to seek help for mental, emotional, or social ills. Too many have unnecessarily stayed in abusive marriages, been tortured by intrusive and painful thoughts and memories, and stoically put up with injustice without a fight –all in the name of suffering well for the kingdom.
The healthiest form of hardship is that which is figuratively grasped by the neck and used to send a message of hope. St. Paul got up after he was stoned in order to continue preaching the Good News. Jesus rose from the dead after loudly commending His spirit to God in belief that God would be faithful. All the Saints have instructed us not to look at our sufferings on crosses but instead look to God and others, for getting help and giving help. In doing this we learn how to forget all about ourselves in an unhealthy way. Such self-forgetfulness is one of the most healing things that exist.
“May my mouth speak the praise of the Lord and may all flesh bless His holy name forever and ever.” Psalm 145:21
Picture is my own, taken in 2013.