Make This a Great Day
- Created on September 13th, 2006
Early this week I was going through one of my "nothing is good enough days," i.e. the sun is too hot, I don’t feel as energetic as I used to, my medicine cost too much, people I don’t get enough attention from my doctor, my life is too complicated, I wish my health was better, etc. While these negative thoughts began to absorb me, I started realizing I had just entered the "why can’t I have a ’great’ day" zone. I had not taken the time to consider somebody else was probably experiencing the same set of health issues I was facing and in spite of everything, felt that their life was absolutely wonderful. I didn’t consider that even during my worst days dealing with an illness or other stressful situations in my life, might just be like a day in "Heaven" for many other people. I finally came to the conclusion that the question "why can’t I have a ’great’ day" can either be approached in a negative, self centered manner, or I could approach that same question with the possibilities and expectation of everything I could accomplish in spite of my health issues any health concerns.
If we fail to recognize God’s numerous blessings for our lives, the possibility of what we can accomplish in spite the health challenges we face can be pushed aside as easily as a scrap piece of paper. A small headache can be turned into an "imaginary brain tumor" or a few days of discomfort can seem like a "major health catastrophe." I’ve also noticed that almost anything that takes me out of my comfort zone usually elicits a negative attitude and sets the stage for more negativity when I ask "what else can possibly go wrong today?"
Please keep in mind that every great work of God mentioned in the bible started off with a problem. Challenges, even physical ones can be used as godly opportunities to advance in life. Jesus makes a statement in the Gospel of Matthew that goes totally against any negative thinking. Mt. 6:25 New Living Translation says "So I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life – whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesn’t life consist of more than food and clothing?
Are life’s little annoyances really too much for you, or have you allowed your imagination to dictate how well you can function physically and mentally? Philippians 4:13 states "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me." This scripture says that any task God has ordained for your life can still be accomplished, regardless of any physical condition or limitations. Don’t use your physical condition as an excuse not to______________________. I’ll let you fill in the blank.
John 5:6 NKJV When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time; He said to him, "Do you want to be made well?" Even though this man was experiencing serious health issues, Jesus asked him if he wanted to be well. This man needed to say he needed help even though he was helpless to do anything to help his condition. He still needed to challenge his health condition and acknowledge that he could indeed move beyond the limitations of his illness. This is a powerful lesson for those of us facing the annoyances and limitations that come with ill health.
Learn to challenge your limitations on your "journey to wellness". I’ve even shocked myself when I took on something I thought I just couldn’t do. Let your "journey to wellness" turn into a trip you are really looking forward to taking. Focus on what you can do and always let the option of "having a great day" filled with possibilities and potential be the way in which you approach your day–and your life!!
Blessings on your journey to wellness
Rev. G.W. Tyles