Wednesday, July 16, 2008

No Self Pity Today

Yesterday's post centered on Elaine Dembe's (81) 10 secrets to passionate longevity. The first one: While you've got brain and muscle and the possibility of activity, never feel sorry for yourself, became very important to me today.

One of my young friends and business associates has been battling a chronic illness that has necessitated two intense surgeries within 2 months. She's accustomed to being a strong and able take-charge executive woman.

She called in tears because she is spent. She is limited in her physical activity and she tires very quickly. She wanted to take some of the load off of her family, so she overdid it and became dangerously exhausted. Little activities overwhelm her. I listened to her lament and felt her frustration and defeat. She's facing about 2 years of treatment and recovery. She sees this physical incapacity as almost endless.

When I hung up the phone I thanked God for this great day of life He has given me. The joy and delight of doing the "little" things that are pushing me to work at a fast pace are really a blessing. I am strong and healthy. Before that phone call I was complaining about my long to do list. I was feeling a bit sad that I had so much to do. I had been complaining about having no one to do it with me. Oh no, I am blessed that I have these chores to do; and I can easily do them.

My prayers are with my friend. God has not forsaken her in this time of struggle. When she recovers emotionally and gets her breath physically I know God has sweet surprises for her. He will show her what is hers, in this place ... that she could never have known or seen in any other way or time.

I don't know what your day has been, but as 81 year old Elaine has wisely proclaimed: if we have our minds, bodies and the possibilty of activity... we should rejoice.

Embrace and enjoy the day!!

This is the day the Lord hath made.

Psalm 118

1 comment:

Marilyn said...

This is just what I needed to read this morning!

Thank you for this encouraging post!


© 2008 Kay Martin

Thrive In Christ

Who I Am In Christ by Neil Anderson

For several months we will center on this book to pursue Thriving in our Christian journey.

Neil challenges us with: "Do you know who you are in God's eyes? We are no longer products of our past. We are primarily products of Christ's work on the cross. Who we are determines what we do.

You are not who you are in Christ because of the things you have done, you are in Christ because of what He has done. He died and rose again so that you and I could live in the FREEDOM of His love."

That's just the introduction. More to follow.