How to Roll with the Changes When Chronically Ill

To live effectively we must learn to accept changes and be flexible. Karlton shares how this can be a challenge on some days, but is worthwhile to learn.

“He changes times and seasons; He deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.” (Daniel 2:21)

Change is one thing in life that is constant, you can be sure changes will continue to come around. Recently the Lord has reminded me that I must learn to roll with the changes, and that has been difficult for me as I am not a big fan of change.

I recently came across the following quote:

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” -Victor Frankl

That has become clear to me over the years. I can complain, gripe, get angry, cuss, but my frustrations do nothing to change my situation. Nevertheless, I have the power to change me, to refocus my disappointment and consider what I can change, and how I can change myself to better deal with the situation.

We often would like others to change, for circumstances to change, but we find that the kind of changes we want does not arrive. Frequently what changes are those things we would rather not see change, difficulties increase, more problems come around, relationships grow worse, these are all changes we wish to avoid.

Yet how can we roll with these changes? How can we who are already in such terrible shape find the strength to adjust to harsh circumstances that grow increasingly worse? The truth is we can’t, not on our own. We need help from above, a power that can help us rise above harsh changes and a power that can help us to change ourselves.

We are redeemed, we are made new in Christ, and that is a change worth embracing. From brokenness, from unchanged to changed–Christ renews us, remakes us, restores us, and enables us to roll with the changes on the outside that are not too big for the changes He makes on the inside. Our faith in His power can enable us to adjust to the changes that come with difficult circumstances.

Whatever the changes that have challenged you, remember that the One who is with you is greater than the changes and challenges you face.

Prayer: Dear Lord, change us, strengthen us, enable us to adjust to the changes that come our way. Amen.

About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. He has not always embraced changes, but has benefited from the changes the Lord has wrought through him.

Do you adjust well to the changes you face? Have you asked the Lord to change you?

Here is one man who was very flexible–and it saved his life! It’s a loving story about a man who shaved his head when his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. And you will be surprised at what he discovered.