“What has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel” (Philippians 1:12).
Sometimes living with chronic pain and illness makes us feel like we are imprisoned. We have limits on what we do and where we go. We often experience depression as we seek to have a normal routine. It can be tempting to give in to self-pity or fear, to want to cover our heads and quit.
Is this the attitude that God wants us to have?
This passage of scripture makes me pray for courage. Paul is literally imprisoned, but his outlook is amazing. He sees his confinement as a way for the gospel to be spread. Everyone around him hears the message of Christ.
Can we say the same?
Each one of us has influence and the potential to impact those around us by sharing our stories–telling how the Lord is blessing us, using us, and sustaining us in spite of the difficulties we live with each day.
We believe nothing is too hard for God (Jeremiah 32:17, 27). Each day He gives us the power to keep going. He strengthens our faith and keeps our hope in Him alive. We experience, firsthand, His provision. His peace fortifies us as we face our unpredictable days.
We may think that we have nothing to offer, but when we sit back and consider the different ways God works through us, we realize that, even though we may be limited physically, we are never limited when it comes to allowing God to use our physical struggles for His glory.
There is a message of hope, an illustration of God’s power at work in each of our lives. Others can be drawn to God if we allow Him to work through us.
Prayer: Father, never let us hinder the work that You want to do through us. Use our limits for Your glory. Amen.
About the Author:
Dorothea Love lives in California with her family. She has lived with various chronic illnesses and pain for over 20 years. She relies on God’s grace to strengthen and encourage her each day. She loves to hear from her readers. Please visit her in the Sunroom at: http://www.restministriessunroom.ning.com/profile/Dorothea Love or read some of her other works at: http://www.dorothealove.wordpress.com.
When was the last time you spoke to someone about Jesus or your faith? It could have been a deep conversation or just a quick comment. Is He part of your daily conversation? If not, why do you think that may be?
Our coping skills can make such an impact on someone else’s life. I love this song, “Help Somebody” with Deitrick Haddon about how when we turn to God and rely in a His strength we are helping others by showing them the way toward peace. -Lisa