Exodus 36:2 - Then Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the LORD had given ability and who was willing to come and do the work.
Let’s pull out your resume.
On it you’ll find the skills you possess and where you’ve worked and developed those skills. You will also find a place to list any awards or achievements you’ve obtained. But don’t stop there.
Did you know that every day that you go on in spite of the pain is an achievement you’ve earned? Surviving pain should be on our resume. No, you can’t write it on your employment resume, but you can write it on your heart. Then you can pull up that achievement and remind yourself that you’ve gone through difficult trials before and you can do so again.
Having a chronic pain or illness can seem like a punishment, not the grounds for an achievement. But living in pain is an ability and you have work to do.
There are people who are looking for someone to understand them and point them towards hope. This is part of the reason why I have this website. It is here that someone can come and find encouragement to get them through another day. This can be your unique ability as well.
You also have an ability locked inside. Whether that ability is job-related or pain, it’s God who gave you that ability. He chose you and wants to know if you’ll join him in the work that he is doing.
On webmd.com you’ll find the article, “11 Tips for Living with Chronic Pain.” In the article there are tips to help you live with pain such as reducing stress in your life. Negative feelings can increase the body’s sensitivity to pain. Taking control of stress may help lower your pain. In addition, find ways to distract yourself from pain so you enjoy life more. When you focus on the pain it can make it worse. Find something that takes your whole attention and watch your pain level go down and sometimes it slips way.
Let’s take a look at the Bible verse above. In it you see that God gave the ability to do the work.
A person may believe that God gave me pain so I’d follow him. But that’s not true. God doesn’t allow things to happen in your life just to hurt you, but to show that his grace is enough. You just have to willingly come and ask for God’s guidance and for that grace. So take out that resume and add surviving pain.
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.