“Therefore prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:13
I have always been a person that was very aware of my personal growth. I always set goals for myself & seemed to manage to reach those goals in a certain amount of time. As I sit here in pain & having difficulty even getting out of a chair, I have to wonder if I will ever be able to fulfill any goals of personal growth again! Do you ever feel this way? Do you ever want to feel the success you once did in life?
We have to remember that personal growth can not happen without spiritual growth. In order to have spiritual growth you have to “exercise” your faith. What time is a better time to exercise your faith than through your illness?!
We turn to the Lord when we are down or hurting. If you are like me, I am great at turning to Christ for strength & healing, but when the pain gets too strong or the stress is too much, I would rather lay in my recliner & let my meds or sleep take hold.
Spiritual growth is possible with chronic illness if we put it as a major priority in life. The same way I have to dust off the exercise bike in my home to exercise my body, I must exercise my faith to grow spiritually through reading the Word & interacting with others.
You might be saying now that you can not make it to church. For some of us that time has come. However, we do not have to be at a “church building” to touch others & interact. For some of us, it may mean only one person that you talk to throughout a whole day. Rest assured that your personal growth will shine through with the Light of Christ as you exercise your spiritual growth with others.
I leave you with this verse in hopes you will read the passage for your
own spiritual growth: 1 Cor. 9:24-27.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, be with each of us today as we make it a priority for spiritual growth in our lives. Guide us in exercising our minds for our personal growth through the Light of the Savior Jesus Christ.
About the Author:
Nancy Carr lives lives in western Kansas. She has degenerative disc disease, Fibromyalgia, & congestive heart failure, & hip/knee joint replacements. There are days when her pain is so strong that only the Lord can get her through.