It’s been two years since I wrote my first blog, and admittedly, God has done more than I ever thought He would do. To be honest, for the first several months of the ministry’s existence, I was afraid I was just wasting my time. I wanted to make a difference, but I doubted that a sick person, one who has been classified as “disabled” by the government, could ever accomplish anything. Yet two years later, I now understand that on my own, I can’t accomplish anything, but with God, I can do anything He’s called me to do.
For a long time after I was forced to quit my job because of being sick, I lived in shame and regret. I felt like I had been handed a prison sentence. Nothing good could possibly come from having a chronic illness. My life was worthless and God couldn’t use a sick person like me, or so I thought. But as the months and years passed, I learned an important truth through my sickness and this ministry – we all have a purpose in life. God isn’t taken aback by sickness, pain, loss of a job, bankruptcy, and suffering. He can still use us for His glory. Better yet, He wants to use us, but so many times, we focus on the size of our problems, rather than on the greatness of God. When we walk out each day focused on God, any problem that comes our way seems small in comparison to the greatness of God. It is when we can do this, that God can use us, sickness and all, for His glory.
I don’t know about you, but I want to come to the end of my life, whether it’s in a week or fifty years from now, and say, “I held fast to God, and I have reason to be proud because I didn’t run in vain. Because of the glory of Christ, I have lived my life for the glory of Christ.”
Today is a new day. Let it be the beginning of a time in your life when you choose to let nothing stand in your way from living your life in a way that points others to God.
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:57-58
(c) September 20, 2012