1 Thessalonians 5:11 - Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
After battling chronic pain and illness for over twenty-six years, I’ve learned there really isn’t a “normal” for my life and if there was, I don’t want to live it. What I want is to be an encouragement to those who are suffering. I want to minimize how much pressure I put on myself and be who I am. I’m not going to get to that place if I keep wanting that “normal life.” I will find it by focusing on my world as a place where I can plant flowers to bloom in another person’s life. There are always ways you can do that, even if it’s only to be real in your world. Even if you think you can hide from your friends what your life is right, don’t try. They can still see what’s beneath you. They will also find a breath of fresh air by seeing you pour your life into others; and they’ll see you not giving up on how you can still be of use to those around you. God is the one who guides my life and he can also guide yours towards that goal.
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.