Seeing Our Pain and Problems as Opportunities to Be Mission-minded

mission2Think your illness prevents you from going on a mission and sharing God’s love? Nope. Bronlynn shares.

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:15).

Our church leaders recently taught on the missional-minded church, which emphasizes sharing our faith with others through everyday life rather than specifically trying to draw them in to the church. Part of the reasoning behind this is our culture’s declining interest in and understanding of Christian concepts and church participation.

Most of us with health issues would not even think about being missionaries. We may not be able to get out to the store, much less participate in an outreach event. But think about the “mission field” we encounter through our health problems. We see medical professionals. We share our problems with family, friends, and perhaps neighbors. Not all of these people are Christians. What an opportunity for sharing the hope we have through our suffering.

A dear friend of mine has been legally blind for more than 25 years, yet having her sight restored is no longer an important emphasis for her. She travels a good bit and uses special glasses to read. Her vision problem has given her some wonderful opportunities to share the hope, power, and strength that Christ has brought into her life through her disability. I hope to follow her example and do a better job of sharing Christ’s power through my weaknesses from now on.

As we think about who will cross our paths, particularly during the upcoming holiday season, what better way of showing our love and gratitude for all God has given us then to share this gift of hope with others.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me see my pain and suffering as tools to bless and encourage others by sharing the hope I have in You, and may I make the most of the opportunities You provide. Amen.

About the author:
Bronlynn Spindler lives in VA and is blessed to have the support and encouragement of a wonderful husband and three grown daughters. God’s grace and strength have brought her through thyroid cancer and continue to sustain her through ongoing back pain, depression, headaches, multiple sensitivities, eye pain, and fibromyalgia. You may view her blog of devotionals at http://www.aplaceofsprings57.blogspot.com.

Think about the people you come in contact with. How can you share with them the way your Christian faith enables you cope with your problems?

I first started to listening to Babbie Mason when I was in college and I remember the power behind this song, “Each One, Reach One.” I had the opportunity to meet her a few years ago and she is the sweetest woman, still reaching out to everyone she comes into contact with. This song has a powerful message and it applies to you. We all struggle, no one on earth gets out without some challenges. One of ours happens to be chronic illness, but this doesn’t exempt us from spreading the Good News! It only gives us a bigger reason to share it, because we know just how much we need Him. Be blessed. -Lisa