Attitude and Living with Chronic Illness

As I was having coffee with friends yesterday, I shared what my chronic illnesses are. One of them is a nursing student and a certified nursing assistant. When I told them, she was surprised and said, “but you don’t act like other people who have it. You seem so positive about life.”

I shared with her that the reason is my prayer life and that I pray each day for Jesus to help me share his love. I told her I also pray for my classes and my students.

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Her comment was a wonderful compliment and even more so reflection upon Jesus. He has helped me so much as I live chronic illnesses. Yes, I have difficult days. Yes. fatigue is my constant companion as is pain. But I don’t want to let chronic illnesses defeat me or hold me back.

I love the quote by Charles Swindoll about attitude:

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me is more important than facts. … The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude … I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.”

I can’t control when I have a flare up with my chronic illnesses. I can’t control how much pain I will have or how fatigued I will feel day to day. I can’t control waking up thinking I will have energy for the day only to feel wiped out later in the afternoon.


I can control my attitude and how I react. The best way I have found to keep a good attitude while living with chronic illness is spending time with Jesus through prayer and listening to worship music.

It is not only a morning thing for me. I listen to worship CDs as I drive. I pray during the day even quick prayers are great such as, “Lord help me teach this class.”

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

31 thoughts on “Attitude and Living with Chronic Illness

      1. You’re welcome 😊. I am doing well thank you. Let’s just say summer holidays have finally come to a close and my son is back at school today and I am liking it a lot 😁

  1. Amen! I praise God for your attitude. I couldn’t agree more with the thoughts shared from Charles Swindoll. How we react to the things of the world will be in direct proportion to the amount of the joy of the Lord we allow ourselves to live in.
    As one who also deals with a chronic issue, I draw affirmation from your discussion over coffee with friends. And I pray Psalm 55:22 over both of us: Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall (NIV)
    Pastor Chuck

  2. That is a wonderful compliment! It shows that the Light of Jesus is shining through you. May God continue to use you and bless you! ❤️

  3. Ah, yes, this is so true! Attitude is key. He continues to give us breath for His purposes.There is something to praise God for daily, if we will but look. Thanks so much for this. Gives me another great boost of encouragement in my own walk with physical pain. Blessings to you, brother!

  4. Oi, Matt! Just wanted to let you know that I’ve read more than a couple of your blog posts. I usually get to know about your new posts when you share them on Facebook. Your writing is very pleasant to read even when talking about difficult subjects, and the positive attitute you often mention has a multiplying effect on others. I thought you’d be happy to know that your words often reach me and bring me good reflections :). Saudades de Lincoln! Um grande abraço.

      1. Estou bem! Me casei no ano passado e trabalho como professor de inglês e tradutor. E com você, tudo bem?

  5. I agree prayer gives one the strength to get through chronic illness. I too at times suffer with symptoms from fibromyalgia. Father God is so awesome in getting me through it.

  6. Smiles. Love that testimony about you. And I totally agree!. You keep the faith alive!. So graceful!.

    And the attitude part is key. Keeping the winning attitude is paramount. It eventually influences the outcomes around us. 💯

  7. Thanks for sharing this! As a chronic illness sufferer I struggle with my attitude. There are days where I want to just scream out loud. But you’re right. Having a good attitude about it all is key.

  8. I love this post. I often struggle with my faith and write about it as a recently diagnosed person with a laundry list of chronic illnesses. But my faith is still there, it’s what I always come back to. I wrote a piece on the Mighty about my faith, about how when I am in a pain flare, I often read through the Gospels and cry aloud. Jesus knows how those with chronic illness feel. In this I am humbled and take a great comfort. Thank you for your uplifting perspective.

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