The minute you tell someone you are sick you suddenly become the disease not a person
This line is from the movie Midnight Sun which is about a teen girl with a rare illness. While it is true that for some people once they hear about someone being sick it is all they see, when I heard that line it caused me to think about why I share about living with chronic illnesses.
There is a bit of a back story. After the Lord intervened and helped me recover in 1995, I began to share with people, “I should be dead but I am not.” I did so to get their attention so I could share my story and by doing so share Jesus with them.
As Paul wrote in 2nd Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.“
By sharing about my experience, my hope is that others are drawn to Jesus.
Another huge reason is to encourage others who live with chronic illness. My thinking is along the lines of what Paul wrote in 2nd Corinthians chapter 1:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.
I am not concerned with receiving sympathy. I am not concerned with what others think of me at this stage of my life. My one overriding concern is that whatever I experience, it is for Jesus and to share him. This life is so short. I am nothing like Paul and can only wish to echo his words to Timothy:
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith
Thank you for reading. God Bless.