When Getting Beat Up is Self-Serving

Cartoon of a woman with her arms crossed in front of her and a look of uncertainty

Have you ever asked a dear Saint, “How are things with you?” and then received the reply, “Man, I tell you, the devil is really beating me up.”

You ask what is going on, and they continue with a flourish, all the gory details of conflict, crisis, and disasters. 

“Wow,” you think (and are led to believe) … and in fact, may respond with …. “You must be really doing something right to get beat up like that!”

Wait …