“This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20)
“Behind door number one, we have some marvelous prizes. But wait, the prizes behind door number two could be the best of all. You have a choice to make.” The game show host said to its contestant.
Wouldn’t that be nice if life with a chronic illness were that way? Good and better. However, God clearly states that our two choices are life and death. When we choose life, blessings will follow. When we choose death, consequences will follow. Decisions we make everyday with a chronic illness have consequences which follow.
When we choose life, God provides for our needs. For example, when we rest when we first become tired, we are rejuvenated a lot quicker. When we go outside to get some fresh air when we’re depressed, we feel better. When we take deep breaths and pray when we first become anxious, we become more relaxed.
However, when we choose destructive living, we will pay for it in the end. For example, when we force ourselves beyond our limits, we may be in bed for one week versus one day if we had listened to our body. If we always put other people’s needs first, we become exhausted. If we become involved in every church project instead of looking to God to see what He wants us to do, we will become weary.
So, the next time you have a decision to make, take your chronic illness into account, listen to God, and make the best decision for you.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, help me to make the right choices as I deal with my chronic illness so that I have the strength and ability to carry out the activities You call me to do each day.
About the Author:
Jodi Wheeler is a freelance Christian writer who resides in Tucson, Arizona. She enjoys writing articles and Bible studies for God’s glory. She desires to pass on the messages of hope and encouragement she has found in Christ. Christ is the one who not only gave her the ability to cope with the chronic illness, but pulled her through to the other side with a new strength and hope in Christ.