People often notice within short times of knowing me that I have certain health issues. I have hip problems, I have Firbomyalgia which is a chronic widespread pain syndrome and I have chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Needless to say, most days can be quite a struggle just to do normal daily activities…Traveling is hard….working is difficult…life is not a walk through the park.
Often people think that if I could take the pain away and get back to a normal life that I would jump on the opportunity…like if I could have one wish that I would take away my physical complications and live a pain-free, struggle-free life. I have to admit that it sounds pretty good. But the big wish I have for myself or the big dream I have for myself doesn’t involve taking away the pain. It doesn’t require that my medical problems subside.
You see, there are much bigger things in life and much greater purposes in life that I have for myself than living a “normal” or “easier” life. Yes, it would make things so much easier and more pleasant. But it would take away some life experiences that I have and will experience that change my heart, my soul, my outlook on life, my appreciation and acknowledgement of others, etc. It helps me understand, even though I dont choose to realize it on most days, what Jesus went through when He died for me. Althought it is the smallest fraction of the pain that He went through, it is still day-in and day-out pain and/or discomfort…probably for the rest of my life…but it shows me a little bit more about my creator.
Pain is not a fun thing to deal with. But it comes with purpose and life changing experiences if we allow God to enter into with us. I have to admit that I am not the best at letting God enter into my pain and my mess with me. Although I have learned to stop complaining day- in and day-out and do my best to see the good in my experiences, especially my pain, and share it with others.
I don’t have all the answers but I know that there is a purpose in our suffering. There is something more to pain than discomfort and misery. There is a reason to wake up with a smile on our faces every day.
Reality is hard. What to do with our reality can be even harder.
Every day despite my circumstances and besides my pain, I choose to see the good. I choose to smile some days. I choose to laugh others. And yes, I still choose to sit on the couch some days. Most importantly every day I choose my reality because it’s another opportunity to be who I was created to be.
What do you choose?
We live in a society that chooses the easy and the comfortable way….What if we decided to choose our reality? What would be different?
To be grateful for our hardship and to be okay with our reality is far fetched for most of us…including myself…but what if we were?
I am passionate about life & God in a down-to-earth & personal way.