18 Responses to Being An Elite Athlete In The Invisible Illness Fight

  1. Kerryn, you sure hit on every aspect of the battle in my life! Thanks for that great devotional. God bless!

    • Thanks Julie, though I’m sorry to hear that you’re going through all of those tough aspects too. Glad it encouraged you. LOTSoluv Kerryn

  2. Since you sent me this verse, I’ve been wondering about how you’d use it Kerryn πŸ™‚
    My initial response to it was that there was some hope for those of us not able to do the physical training!! But the powerful part of this verse for me, is that “godliness has value for all things” – SO much more important and worth striving for.

    In this battle we are in – which is no sprint, more like a marathon – the correct preparation is needed, so we can finish the race, better than any elite athlete. AND where it ultimately counts – with Him.

    Thanks for the encouragement you’ve shared.

    • Thanks Fiona! πŸ™‚

      Yes, I pondered & prayed about this verse for a while, as there were sooooo many thoughts about where it could lead. Then when Lisa asked for devotionals about the invisible illness fight I felt led to write with this verse leading me & it just poured out with almost no editing. Love it when God speaks to me clearly like that! The focus on godliness having value for ALL things sure jumped out to me too. This verse has soooo much depth to it & I’m glad God brought it to my attention! God’s Word has sooooo much to ponder & learn. Thanks for joining me in the Journey with this verse. God bless. LOTSoluv Kerryn

  3. so relate to this.im new here and looking for fellowship as ive lost all friends now being housebound and bedbound for years. facing physical illness daily is just part of the struggle.struggling faith and daily anxiety and panic building up it is a battle like im out here trying to really win just like the athletes you mention

    • Dear Ruthy, I’m sorry for my slow reply, but only just now saw your comment.
      I’m soooo sorry to hear you’re house & bedbound! It’s definitely a struggle, so I’m thankful for God’s help when I’m spent from this marathon!! I praise God that you’ve found us here… Christian brothers & sisters from all over the world that can relate to your situation.
      I’m housebound too & spend my days between bed, my indoor recliner & couch & my outdoor recliner. God still can use us!! Here we are communicating from opposite sides of the world. I’m praying for you now. Comment when you can on the devotionals & dear new friends will reply, as they’re able. God bless. Lotsoluv Kerrn

  4. Your devotion really resonated with me. In a way I feel like I was God’s athlete, in my prime – full-on doing His work. I was working two jobs (one as volunteer radio presenter on Christian radio) as well as doing foster care and working in the singles ministry. In less then five years, I’d had to give it all up due to poor health. I was left floundering and completely confused, upset, depressed and angry, and in serious financial trouble, including the danger of losing my home.

    It seemed like such a complete waste that God had trained me to so much work for Him, and then I was left with all of these skills and no way to use them. It seemed like such a slap in the face after my eager efforts to do His work.

    Seven years later, after much emotional and mental healing, I’m now in a new ministry. Although I will never be able to put in the physical effort that I once used to for God, He is using many of my skills in this new arena. Thankfully, I can work around my physical limitations from home.

    We may never fully understand why God allows us to go through such awful struggles and ordeals, and we can’t always say “Hey, I learnt something from this.” Sometimes I think God allows us to go through struggles for the sake of others who are watching how we get through it. If we hang on to God through it all, even when we don’t understand why it’s happening and we’re hurting, I think it can encourage other less mature Christians to hang on during their own difficulties.

    • Thanks for your hugely encouraging testimony Vicki πŸ™‚

      Wow! You have explained beautifully about the complexities of this odd journey that illnesses take us on! Thanks sooo much for sharing. You’ve encouraged me πŸ™‚

      I totally agree that people watch us as we go through our daily challenges. I know that I have opportunities to witness to way more people than prior to illnesses – a gift, opportunity, responsibility, challenge & blessing! I’m praying for you now. God bless you. Lotsoluv Kerryn

  5. Kerryn – I, too, could relate to every circumstance you listed. What a learning journey we each have entered and how we each are persevering by God’s strength and our love for Him.

    Not to take away from the song Lisa posted, but I am going to share a link to a song that is on my playlist and that gets played OFTEN for its message is so deeply true and inspiring. It keeps me “going”.

    It is from the animated film, “Hercules” ( speaking of athletes ) but I heard the song via a Christian recording artist I love who takes music from films and Broadway and finds the spirutal messages in them.

    This is NOT his recording but it has the same words – a bit extended from what was in the film. It gets a little loud with the orchestration in some parts but the lyrics are all that we see on the screen – powerful.


    “Go the Distance” – ( some lyric excerpts )

    . . .
    I can go the distance – I will find my way if I can be strong.
    I know every mile will be worth my while when I go distance, I’ll be right where I belong.

    Down an unknown road, to embrace my fate, though that road may wander, it will lead me to You.
    . . .and I won’t look back, I can go the distance.
    And I’ll stay on track, no, I won’t accept defeat
    It’s an upward slope but I won’t lose hope.

    But to look beyond the glory is the hardest part, for a hero’s strength is measured by his heart

    Like a shooting star, I will go the distance.
    I will search the world, I will face its harms.
    I don’t care how far, I can go the distance
    ‘Til I find my hero’s welcome waiting in Your arms!

    xo Lynn

  6. Excellent Devotion Kerryn! This is indeed some fight we are in, continually draining our resources and taxing us. Great job pointing out these challenges!

  7. Hi Kerryn!

    I haven’t really noticed the words “for all things” in this verse before, although I quote part of it many times. I’m really glad God led you to use it for this devotional.

    “Godliness” is a great help in our battle living with chronic illness as well as other areas of life. The Christian lives by faith and I find that often I’m really forced to if I’m to have any hope. And faith is a part of godliness. When I’m especially struggling with slowness, pain, tasks that seem like necessary responsibilities (to me), which I’ll never complete, mental issues, including depression, etc. I almost feel like giving up.

    Thankfully, the Lord keeps me going and aids me in the fight (or fights for me).

    Sometimes I think that many of us, with or without chronic illnesses or disabilities, make personal healthcare a god. Although the Lord wants us to look after our bodies, His temples as Christians, He wants us to love Him with all our being as a priority.

    Bless you for writing this. It’s started me thinking about my priorities once again. A good thing.

    Luv ya,

    • Thanks Beth! πŸ™‚
      I only just saw your comment… sorry for slow reply! I was DELIGHTED to see you here! πŸ™‚

      As I mentioned to Fiona, this verse really jumped out to me one day…. those times when God wants to reveal deeper truths. Love it when He does that!

      Amen & amen to all that you wrote. Yes, I felt God was saying to me that I’m to be careful that I don’t “make personal healthcare a god.” It’s those little words of “some value” & “greater value” that reveal God’s best for us…… I sure want that! God bless. Lotsoluv Kerryn

  8. Thanks Kerryn. As you know I have been really struggling lately. This is our real battle. Not being consumed by our illness. You did an outstanding job of using God’s Word to highlight our struggle.

    • Thanks Jeff! πŸ™‚

      Your words really encourage me, though I truly know it was the Lord leading me as I wrote.

      What a joy to see you here! I’ve really missed you in the Laughter prayer group, but am well aware that you’ve been battling further health decline. Sending gentle hugs. I’ve been keeping you close in thoughts & prayers. I look forward to that worship party in heaven when I can join you, & all of my RM friends, in heavenly worship. God bless. Lotsoluv Kerryn

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