2 Timothy 2:3 - Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
No one would debate that soldiers face hardships every day, but those living with chronic pain or illness also face hardships.
There’s the hardship of knowing you’ll never be the same again.
There’s the hardship of having difficulty just doing ordinary tasks each day.
There’s the hardship of family not understanding you.
There’s the hardship of losing finances, because you can’t work anymore.
There’s the hardship of forgetfulness, because your pain takes up space in your thinking and leaves no room for much of anything else.
There’s the hardship of losing friendships, because they can’t stand to see you in so much pain so they drift away.
There’s the hardship of feeling like a failure.
There’s the hardship of your heart breaking into a thousand pieces, as you face the pain every and I mean every day.
This list seems daunting because it is. But each one of the hardships above can be turned around if you believe they can be:
Try to remember, each time you’re faced with difficulties, even while a bridge you used to cross has been taken down, you can take a leap of faith and find you didn’t need that bridge after all.
As the Bible verse above says, we are to endure our hardship like those soldiers around the world fighting for freedom. God will equip us to fight our battles and give us the encouragement and love we need to win back our freedom in spite of the pain or illness.
Read the article from lifehack.org titled, “5 Ways to Deal with Hardship and Pain in Life,” such as detaching yourself from the situation and accept the results and get back up again stronger.
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.