"The problem is that contemporary people think life is all about finding happiness.
We decide what conditions will make us happy and then we work to bring those conditions about.
To live for happiness means that you are trying to get something out of life.
But when suffering comes along, it takes the conditions for happiness away,
and so suffering destroys all your reason to keep living.
But to “live for meaning” means not that you try to get something out of life
but rather that life expects something from us.
In other words, you have meaning only when there is something in life more important
than your own personal freedom and happiness,
something for which you are glad to sacrifice your happiness."
Walking with God through Pain and Suffering