Revisiting: Do You Face Illness … or Challenges

cloud of witnesses

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, Hebrews 12:1

Today is a good day.  Somehow, I think that folks aren't going to want to read this in a devotional about chronic illness.  I get the sense that they would rather hear about the challenges, the difficulties, the problems than hear that life with chronic illness can be good.

Now, I'm not claiming at all that I *like* every day.  I'm not that far yet.  But I am learning to look past the boundaries of my challenges.  I've never liked to claim them as illnesses.  I don't want to say I'm "sick."  Sometimes that might be a better way of describing things - but I don't want to do that.

I'd rather face challenges than sickness.  For some reason, when I claim sickness, it is almost as if I am claiming my soul is sick - and not just my body.  When I say challenges, my mind rushes to things that can be overcome.

That is how I view a challenge  - something I can put all my weight behind to deal with.  Sickness?  I guess I give in to sickness.

I'm tired of giving in.

Yes - I have limitations.

Yes - at times I have pain.

Yes - they seem to be never ending.

But today is still good.

I want so much more than to stay "stuck" in the chronic illness/pain mindset.  I want to "be all that I can be" (to steal from the US Army).  I want to learn and grow and warm my world every moment of my life.  I know I cannot do that without God.  And I know it is God who is leading and guiding this path.

Am I living with an abundance of joy?   Not yet.  Moments ... yes - there are moments. I crave for those moments to increase.  Somehow, I know they won't unless I put forth effort. 

I need to look for good where ever I can.  I need to look past the negativity and really work to find the positive.  I need to stop and search out each moment for the gift.  I truly believe that is what each moment is - a gift.

I see others so much further along the path.  I want what they have.  I look to their examples, read their words, following along behind - grateful that someone has gone before me.  I sense that "crowd of witnesses" cheering me on.

My focus is changing.  And, as my focus changes - my life changes.  And as my life changes, God is glorified.

So, dear reader, I ask you today - are you sick .... or do you face challenges.?   It's up to you to decide.


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