My passion IN life is passion FOR life. It was only discovered through darkness and pain, not pleasure and ease. The seeking of a life of pleasure and ease is no life at all because it is unsustainable. We may have days of overwhelming elation for which we can be thankful, but it is in the difficulties that we find strength. It is there that we discover who we were meant to be.
There was a time when I wondered about Psalm 34, "O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together." Is God so small that He can only be seen under magnification? Not at all. It is because our eyes are so weak. Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system, but we need to magnify it to see it more clearly. So it is that it is only through great difficulty that we see God.