Revelation 2:19 - I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.
When suffering with chronic pain or an illness, it’s easy to quit. Throw in the towel and just give up on even the things we love, or having hope of ever being able to do them again.
But life, with all of its twists and turns, can lead you toward fulfilling your dreams if you persevere and don’t give up.
What it takes is finding your passion. Find something that when you do it, it takes your total focus.
I found mine in writing. When I write, I can be anyone I want to be. There’s no one standing over me telling me what I’m writing is only for me and will not help anyone else. It’s at that point that I must make a decision – do what I love no matter what others think of me or what I’m doing.
So here I am, typing this message from me to you. There may be a lot of things that you cannot do anymore because of your suffering. But there are so many other things that you can do.
At first, you may find yourself falling down. But don’t let that hold you back. Get back up again and try once more. With perseverance you will not only find that dream to move you forward, but the ability to complete it.
Find some tips from essentiallifeskills.net on developing persistence in their article, “The Power of Persistence,” such as preparing for obstacles and setbacks by anticipating potential problems and making a plan to overcome them.
Like the Bible verse above says, when you persevere and take one more step each day you will find yourself doing more than you were able to do when you first started. So keep going with passion and reach for your dreams.
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.