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What is one of the benefits of chronic illness?

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We are bombarded with news stories that tell us that the current state of this Nation is upside down. The various news sources tell us why we should choose one side or another to direct our fear and hate toward. They let us know that if we hate this or that group, we are showing our loyalty to the other. We can’t possibly show love and kindness to each and all.

Let me tell you what being a chronically ill Christian has taught me.  Showing loving kindness is not only good for others, but it is also good for me.  It bolsters my health and it strengthens my relationship with Jesus.  In addition, I have learned to think it is quite possible, and preferred, that opposing views can co-exist. Can you believe it?  Many, many people, issues, topics etc. are worthy of our kindness and all at the same time!

There are moments I am very frustrated at my circumstances. I pray for improved health and wellness.  I ask the Lord, if having chronic pain and persistent mental health challenges is His will, what is His purpose in my suffering?  In recent years, the answer has become quite clear – Kindness.  I recognize, feel and respond to the pain and suffering of others at a core level that most others will never experience.  I am able to connect with others in a way that is meaningful to them and gives me a sense of purpose.  I feel like I am Jesus’ boots on the ground.  Although, in traditional battle I would be the easiest target, in the war on apathy, indifference, insincerity, and outright indignation, I am…..we are….His soldiers.

On the internet, everyone has an opinion. Our friends love to repost various memes and articles that best represent their thoughts and feelings about a myriad of subjects.  My feed is saturated with politics and crime.  Do you ever just want to scream at the screen and ask people “why?”… why the obsession with all that is wrong and bad with the humans that the Lord so lovingly created?

This life of physical and emotional pain is certainly not something I was first in line to raise my hand for AND the Lord has allowed it.  He whispered the answer to my “why” in my ear and asked that I share it with you.  In our camp, we get “it”. What is “it”?  All of us on the periphery, clawing our way and having to do things the hard way.  We are able to walk in stride with Jesus as He suffered his 33 years here with us.  He has taxed us with a special responsibility.  It is a tall order that He is certain we can achieve with His help and that is to spread kindness in every and all circumstances.  He asks that we leave our Earth, Nation, Town, Community, Neighbors, Family, and all within our reach better than we found it the moment before.  Please don’t be discouraged.  You might say, “I don’t have the energy” or “I can’t even leave my bed”.  Let it begin with the thoughts you think.  Then, the words you say.  Next, in what you have influence over.  In each of these ways and more you can make a lasting and sustaining change in His Holy Name.

Colossians 3:12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  

You and I are each chosen of God and this is His command.  The truth is, you can’t out-give God. For each act of kindness, kind word or thought, He loves to go toe to toe and multiply what we do in His name.  Begin to see the world through Jesus’ eyes.  Your thoughts and actions will naturally follow.

What are some acts of kindness that inspire you?  What will you do about it?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Kim Sirek Kim was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis, an autoimmune disease at the age of 16. She was later diagnosed with Fibromyalgia around age 20. She undergoes immunosuppressant and Chemotherapies for treatment. Along with physical pain, Kim also suffers from the mental health challenges of Depression, Anxiety and Emotion Regulation Disorder (BPD). Kim is in the process of receiving her certification to become a Peer Support Specialist in Minnesota to teach and advocate for others with mental health diagnoses. She is the mother of 3 and married for 16 years. She loves watching her children in their sports and activities, art/crafts, and music. For further support join her Facebook group: Chronic Christian Warriors

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