27Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. 29For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. 32When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world. – 1 Corinthians 11
I am not use to having so many serious health problems. Every week it seems, another major function of my body is being challenged, jeopardizing my independent living. It’s scary, and sometimes, I feel like I am in this alone. Will I be viewed the same if my abilities decrease as I mature? Will my friends and family think less of me when I can no longer live a ‘normal’ life? I read this morning that we need to continually keep our requests before God, and when we live in faith, that means we cannot give up. Lately, I have considered giving up.
When we feel like giving up, we need to look up to Jesus who can give us the strength to sustain. Have faith that things are working out for God’s purposes. And as Paul wrote about, if you must boast, boast about your weaknesses that bring glory to God. Remember this when the enemy tries convincing you that you are less worthy because of your increasing problems. The more problems that come, the more opportunities there are to glorify God. If we don’t grow and learn from our problems, they will be in vain. Praise God he is giving me MANY opportunities to glorify Him!
2 Corinthians 30
If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.
Shelly is a 30 something year old licensed therapist with cerebral palsy who is transitioning onto a whole new path in her life. As someone who was never limited by her disability, through recent declines in her health and abilities, God is humbling her despite her stubborn resistance. She is closer to Jesus than she ever has been as He carries her with His strength, protects her with His armor, and empowers her with His Spirit.She uses her writing and speaking gifts to fulfill her ultimate purpose of bringing glory to God through her life.