“Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say” (Exodus 4:12).
All of us have a voice in this world. Sure, some are louder than others.
Louder voices are not more important than softer voices, however. Your illness may be invisible, but you do not have to be.
Many of you reading this right now are saying “What difference could I possibly make in this world?”
The answer is “a big difference!”
You do not need to affect thousands of people’s lives at a time to make a difference.
Most people gain great insights when they live with chronic illness. For example, you become more compassionate towards others who are hurting when you feel sick every day.
You can make a difference simply by noticing someone else in pain, asking them how they are feeling and offering a word of understanding. A kind word and a smile can touch people’s hearts.
Another example is that you realize that encouragement is very important. You can make a difference by trying to encourage someone else. Maybe it’s giving them a compliment on their appearance or their character. Maybe it’s supporting them in one of their endeavors. Maybe it’s a telephone call or a note letting them know they are in your thoughts.
When we have a positive effect on another person, we are making a difference in our world. Most of us don’t have a platform to touch thousands or millions of people. We must start with one person at a time.
We may have an invisible illness, but we do not have to be invisible in this world. Everyone’s life matters regardless of their labels in this life.
Find your voice to help others.
Prayer: Dear Lord, please help me to find my voice in how I can help others today. Amen.
About the author:
Karen Weber has been diagnosed with several autoimmune diseases for over 20 years. She has led a support group and has taught classes for the community on “Living Well with Chronic Illness.” She feels a passion to help others find the hope in living with chronic illness.
Do you ever feel invisible in this world? How do you find your voice to help others?
Note from Lisa: If you are looking for a way to make a difference this week, we have tons of images/memes from Invisible Illness Awareness Week that are appropriate to share and inspiring, not mean-spirited or bitter. Check out our Facebook page for Invisible Illness Awareness Week here xxx and share anything that touches you. You can find all the images on our Facebook page under “Photos” at the top of the page.
This is “Love Alone is Worth the Fight” with Switchfoot. The lyrics are a good reminder that we are called to be a voice for the voiceless, we are to give hope to the hopeless and because we know who God is, we cannot be silent. Love alone is worth the fight! As you go through your week, remember that it doesn’t matter how large or small of influence you have, God will put you in the position to encourage someone if you ask Him to, and you can make a significant difference to that one person. -Lisa