We often share how few understand what it is like to have a chronic illness. We lament that the details in our life rarely seem familiar to those who are not challenged by health issues. But some do. And others try. Karen shares.
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32).
There are so many who struggle with chronic illness. It’s a hard road that is fought one day at a time. I think it’s important to appreciate and thank those that walk beside us in this journey.
I have those in my life that:
- help me with the household chores that I am unable to do
- ask me how I am feeling
- are kind and understanding when I do not feel well
- encourage me when I am discouraged
I know that I am blessed. I understand that there are many who are not as fortunate. Many don’t have anyone for support.
That is why it is important that those of us who understand being chronically ill help others when we can.
Be sure to thank that person in your life if they have
- sincerely inquired about your health
- gave you some encouraging words
- tried to make you smile
- brought you food
- sent you flowers
- called to see how you were
- sent you a card
This world seems to be spinning faster and faster. Many people barely have time to think of others. This world is full of people with hurts and problems of many kinds. Many people are struggling in their own lives with heartbreaking situations.
Those people who look beyond their own struggles to care about yours deserve your appreciation.
If you have someone in your life like this, make sure to say “thank you” with a call, card, email, etc.
If you don’t have someone in your life like this, I encourage you to reach out to someone by being the type of friend you would like to have. Others feel lonely and are praying that someone would reach out to them.
Prayer: Lord, help me to be kind to others. I want to share your love with others. Amen.
About the author:
Karen has been dealing with auto-immune disease and fibromyalgia for over 20 years. She has a passion to encourage others dealing with chronic illness.
Do you have someone in your life that you can thank for their kindness to you?