Job 36:15 - But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction
Are we a collection of illnesses and diseases? Is this who we have become? There has to be a balance.
You have a choice, while living with chronic pain or illness, to see yourself in either a negative or positive way. Don’t see yourself as just a person defined by the pain or disease. Don’t surrender and focus just on your pain, but take back the ground you’ve lost and see yourself as a stronger person because of it.
You may have been told that you have a disability. That somehow you are weaker. But if you take the first three letters off of disability what do you have? Ability.
Every day that you go on despite of the pain is an achievement that you have accomplished. Take this badge of courage, but don’t just put it in the dresser drawer. Take that courage and make a difference by pouring yourself into someone else’s life.
They can learn from you and your experiences. Even if it’s a small suggestion, it has the potential to change another person’s life, as you show them how you balance a life of pain.
Though it may seem difficult, find a way to praise God in spite of the pain. He sees your suffering and if we continue to look to him, he will help us get through the pain. Let your focus be on him and he will give you the ability to go on.
Do you have a story about pouring yourself into a person with a disability? If so, would you be willing to share that story? Click on the blue “comments” below to respond. I look forward to hearing from you.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.