What Next?

If I had my way I’d make health catching instead of disease. Robert Ingersoll

So where are you in all of this? Just found out you have a chronic condition? Had one for years? Somewhere in between?

Wherever you are on this health-issue journey, I welcome you to the Unhealthy Club with much sympathy, but also with a word of encouragement. You can do this. You’ll have good days and you’ll have bad days. You will struggle with accepting this, and even after you think you have accepted it, you will still sometimes find yourself struggling again.

That’s okay. One very important thing to remember in all of this is that you are human. The Bible says God knows we are but dust (Psalm 103:14). We sometimes, however, seem to think of ourselves as failed superheroes who should be leaping tall buildings with a single bound—if only we could work up the energy.

If God remembers we’re just well-arranged dirt, and creates His expectations of us accordingly, perhaps we could do the same—for ourselves and for others.

Give some grace to yourself (let yourself be sick, admit it to others, ask for help), and give some grace to others (let your loved ones grieve as well, or get frustrated sometimes). All the gaps created by your illness…let God fill them up however He sees fit.

This life is a beautiful adventure, even if we can’t run as fast as most of the people around us, and some of us can’t run at all. Let’s stop thinking of ourselves as chronic health-problem-people and start thinking of ourselves as people who have chronic health problems. There is a difference. The difference is, you are more than your health problems.

God sees that about you. So do I. Now go look in a mirror and tell yourself: You matter. You are valuable.

Having a health problem has not changed that at all. You are not alone. So, walk with God, rest in God, and keep hope.

God’s word for you today: I have loved you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3).

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KimberlyRaeKIMBERLY RAE

With five different health conditions, including Addison’s disease, asthma, and a cyst nestled under her brain, Kimberly Rae knows what it’s like to live tired of dependence on medication, guilty over needing help, and frustrated over fielding the frequent comment, “But you don t look sick!” Published over 250 times, Rae has work in five different languages. She writes from her home in North Carolina, where she lives with her very patient husband and two young children who regularly pray, “Please help Mommy get better,” and who both love cars and trains despite one of them being a girl.

About Be the Light Editor

Martin Wiles is a minister, author, freelance editor, and English teacher who lives in Greenwood, SC. He is the founder of Love Lines from God and is the author of Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions (www.christiandevotions.us) and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.

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