When you are wondering if you will ever have a sense of accomplishment again, take heart! Karlton gives us a great place to start.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” (Colossians 3:23-24)
Our myriad of afflictions affect us in different ways, giving us a variety of limitations. Some people are left bed-ridden and wheelchair bound, others have limited mobility, yet others can be active one day and down for the count the next. Our afflictions can have a big impact on our abilities.
There have been times during my affliction that I could hardly leave the house because of my illness, being too weak to leave my bed or recliner. During such times it can be an accomplishment just to survive the day. This can leave us feeling that we are not really getting anywhere in life, that we are having no impact on the world around us.
We need to find fulfillment, especially those of us with illnesses. We may need to set very small goals, but I think it is important to count our victories and accomplishments no matter how small. Perhaps you can call a friend and encourage them today, maybe you can begin reading a book or Bible reading plan you have been putting off, or perhaps you can go through your prayer list, lifting up people to the Lord in prayer.
It is too easy to let our days of affliction just slide by. And it can begin to feel like we are accomplishing nothing because of our limitations. But I would encourage you to set a few goals, even small tasks, perhaps added together those small things can make a big difference in your life or the life of someone else.
Take small steps out of your comfort zone. Do not think about all the big things that are beyond your reach, but consider the small things you can handle. Even reaching small goals can help you feel fulfilled.
Prayer: Dear Lord, we become so discouraged by the things we cannot do, help us to find and accomplish the things we can do. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. With God’s help he hopes to accomplish a few things for the kingdom.
Do you fret about the things you can’t accomplish? Have you considered the small goals you can accomplish?
I love this song that reminds us, regardless of our accomplishments, we must know who we are. In this video Israel Houghton sings, “I Know Who I Am.” I hope you will take a couple minutes to listen and may it uplift you today. -Lisa