Matthew 11:28 - Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
A healthy person sets their alarm at night and awakens to a new day when it goes off. They quickly go through their pre-work routine and are out the door in less than an hour.
A person with a chronic health condition sets their alarm the night before much earlier than a healthy individual, because it takes them two to three hours just to get out the door. But many times, they just don’t have enough energy to do even that.
It’s hard for other people to understand how much energy it takes for a person with a chronic health condition to perform everyday tasks that others take for granted:
The list could go on and on. I especially struggle with sitting at my desk typing on my computer. My neck screams at me, my fingers hurt as they touch the keys, and my mind struggles to stay focused.
And then there are the people we run into each day. They look at us and think we’re fine because we may not show on the outside what we’re feeling on the inside. They assume we’re okay. And as you slowly get into your chair, they may make fun of you for taking so long to finally sit.
It’s exhausting living in our world, so are there any ways I can avoid the energy drain doing everyday tasks causes? Everydayhealth.com features the article, “21 Energy-Saving Tips to Ease Life With Chronic Illness,” such as sit in front of the sink for hair care, makeup, and shaving; and gather all of your clothes before you start getting dressed.
Also, choose the link below to read the article, 7 Realizations to Help Deal With Feeling Judged,” on tinybuddha.com, to help the judgments of others to be lifted off your shoulders.
Lastly, take a look at the Bible verse above. When we are weary and burdened, Jesus says to come to him and he will give us rest. He knows all about our struggles to complete everyday tasks and how other people judge us for becoming exhausted so easily. He knows and he will carry us when life feels like we can’t take one more step.
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.