Has poor health radically changed your life? It can be a struggle to learn how to live your life with godly intentions when you’re physically fit and strong. It might be that you feel even more challenged to do it when you’re not well. Faith is vital to your intentional life. It takes faith in facing health issues, chronic or otherwise, to be able to say, “Lord, your grace is sufficient.”
Let’s look at a loss of health from a biblical perspective. The Apostle Paul asked about this in 2 Corinthians 12; Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me (2 Corinthians 12:8 NKJV). No doubt you have spent time on your knees asking the Lord to take a thorn in the flesh from you. And here’s the words of Jesus that Paul reiterates in this passage, And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV). Isn’t that powerful? No matter the outcome—He is with you and grace will provide everything you need.
Whenever you are navigating a loss of health, remember it is an opportunity to trust Him intentionally. Here are some ONE THINGS I believe will help you live intentionally while facing health issues:
- Get the facts about the disease. If you have an illness, or someone you love does. Read about it; know as much about the disease and what this will do is bring some clarity. Hopefully the confusion will go away and you have a name for it and you can understand more about it.
- Follow all the medical directives that you are given. Have a physician you trust and do what he or she says and be very routine oriented in doing so. It increases the sense of control as to what you can do in making things better.
- Find support. Perhaps an official support system, someone online, or someone you know who has gone through or is experiencing what you’re going through. Support increases understanding of others. You have someone who cares; someone who has been there and you can connect with.
- Focus on life and not the disease. It’s easy to allow the disease to take over a life, a relationship or a family. As we focus on life and not the disease, it increases hope. In that process, you are choosing to live intentionally.
Intentional ONE THING Challenge
If you could do ONE THING and know that it would make a significant, lasting, possibly life-changing difference in your life, would you do it? Dr. Carlson shares the power of ONE THING and why you should get started doing your ONE THING today.
If poor health has radically changed your life, what are you doing to meet the challenge? We’d love to hear your stories. Post your comments below.