Ten years ago we were introduced to the chronic illness lupus in our family. Being people of faith we have been believing the LORD to be with us every step of the way. He has been faithful even when we were not. He is very good that way.
There are some issues in life that seem chronic that we can actually do something about. They are centered around our own behavior and actions. For instance, if I continue to neglect my health by avoiding exercise, eating what I shouldn’t and not eating what I should or getting enough rest there’s a price I pay. My chronic behavior can be changed in a day however. Today would be that day.
Someone once said that whatever is brought to your attention that causes you pain won’t go away until you deal with it. In the case of lupus, there was a lifestyle change that has helped dramatically. With issues of health we see a pretty dramatic improvement as we start to make changes in the areas that need adjustment.
One of the most important areas in my life that needs to change is my heart attitude. If I don’t address this issue I will suffer what I’ve always suffered and cause pain for others as well. One of the most important changes I can make is to choose joy and gratitude daily. It’s time to refocus.
Philipians 4:4-8 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, 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.