“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Phil. 4:8)
There are times my fatigue is so bad that it feels like I’m walking around with a tire over my head, weighing me down & causing me to drag about. I’ve found that when my affliction is very bad, flaring up on me, that I must pay particular attention to what I’m reading, watching, & listening to.
Our afflictions can drain us & lead us easily into frustration & accompanying negativity. It is hard not to be negative when so much of our lives seem to be weighing against us. Yet it does not help to feed this negativity, for it can easily become full blown depression & lead us into hopelessness & despair. As if to add insult to injury, often when we are weakest, we must fight the hardest.
Good music, good literature, positive movies, such things can help uplift us when we are down. Scripture tells us to focus upon good things. To consider God & His goodness & the many times He has pulled us through difficult circumstances can be one of the most positive things to think upon & consider. We may feel weighed down & oppressed by our afflictions, but if we will look up, if we will search for the light in the darkness, we will find our Lord has neither left us nor forsaken us in our affliction, & that is good indeed.
Prayer: Dear Lord, sometimes we feel very weighed down by life & our afflictions, please lift us up, & help us to stay positive. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. With God’s help he has survived many years with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Crohn’s Disease. He is author of the book: Chronic Illness.
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