As I shared yesterday in Enough Is Enough for This Spoonie, a spoonie is a person who has chronic illness and lives with constant fatigue.
My journey with it all began with hypothyroid in the early to mid 1990s. It got so bad that my heart, liver, and kidneys were out of whack. I lost memory and it was an ordeal for a few years until the correct diagnosis in July 1995.
However, since that time there have been wonderful adventures for me despite living with chronic illness.
Jesus has blessed me with the opportunity to go on 11 ministry trips to other countries, 7 to Romania, 1 to France, 1 to Mexico, and 2 to Brazil.
I mentioned losing memory when I was sick. Well that is not an issue for me. Jesus led me to study Spanish in 2010 and Portuguese in 2013.
Jesus has blessed me with a ministry for refugees and immigrants in my city. He has blessed me to teach English as a Second Language for a college for the past 19 years.
So when I say that the Lord has given me the strength, that is what I am talking about. At my age it is more about finishing well in serving Jesus in this life. Currently I am writing a study guide for my Life Group at church for the book of John in the bible putting into writing what I have done over the years in my Sunday morning bible study for friends from other countries. My hope is that it can be used by other Life Groups/Small Groups in church.
I hope to finish my book Encounters with the Ancients-Jessica’s Encounters at The Harbor Coffee Shop- in July when I have a break.
In a way not much has changed since I was the 12 year old boy who played football. I was a starter on defense and in the first three games was the leading tackler. I injured my elbow late in the 3rd game. I had to sit out 2 games because of it. The final game after convincing my parents and coaches I was healed up, I played in the last game and despite aggravating the injury, without telling the coaches, I led the team in tackles again and my team was undefeated for the season.
So yes I live with chronic pain and fatigue, but there is so much more to do in sharing he love of God in Christ. I would rather stay in the game and not have obstacles such as being a pinball patient.
Thank you for reading. God bless.