Luke 14:10 - But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, 'Friend, move up to a better place.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests.
How do you get yourself into trouble? Is it willful disobedience or is it not doing what you know is the right thing to do? Is it when feeling caulis about someone else’s suffering or is it only caring about what will work out for me regardless of how it will affect someone else? What I’m trying to say is there are many ways to get yourself into trouble on the job, with your friends and with your families. It all starts with one step toward, “My needs come first.” Try putting others first for a whole day. You might be surprised about the result and it might spur you on to focusing on others every day.
1 Samuel 2:6 - The LORD brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up.
Fear of failure plagues those who struggle with pain. Because we can’t keep up with life the way we used to it can feel like we’re letting everyone down. But what really moves the scale toward failure isn’t what others think of us, but what we think about us. The only time you really fail is when you give up on yourself. What we’re going through doesn’t have to be a death sentence. It can give us a new purpose in life by reaching out to show the world that life can go on even when you’re living in pain. Do you struggle with fear of failure? Come and join the discussion.
Proverbs 15:13 - A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
Finding joy in life isn’t easy if you’re living with chronic pain. You miss out on so many activities, because the pain is so strong. But you have to choose to be happy even in the midst of the pain and that takes courage. Do you have the courage to find joy in your life and live your life to the fullest, or do you find yourself alone with your pain and not even caring any more if you have fun? Take the risk and share your heart with us. You may even find joy in doing this simple thing.
James 5:12 - Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear--not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned.
How hard is it for you to say, “No”? Are you a people pleaser who is too afraid to turn down another’s request? I know I am sometimes. Especially when it comes to those I care about. But when you don’t say, “No,” you move towards over-extending yourself, burnout and feeling like a slave. Saying, “No,” doesn’t make you a bad person. It makes you a servant. A true servant is able to say, “No,” sometimes.
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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.