The quality of a person's life is determined less by the circumstances at hand than by the way one responds to those circumstances. Following Christ does not mean that one's lot in life will be more pleasant or opportune. It does mean that within the course of following Christ events take on a different perspective. We are able to respond to them in light of God's presence and purpose behind and beyond those events.
Anderson, Paul, "On Gems and Ashes" (1984). Faculty Publications - College of Christian Studies. 266.