October 28, 2021
Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love. 1 Corinthians 16:13
Wow! What a reminder to be intentional in our engagement of life. When I am able to read this verse without attaching bravery and strength to force, (something I have to summon up when I already feel depleted), the Apostle Paul’s message seems more like an invitation to experience Christ. And, contrary to being energy depleting, it’s life supporting.
Living with chronic pain, sometimes it’s easier for me to give in to what I’m feeling and not pay attention to what I’m thinking or doing. I’m sure you can imagine what my life is like when I do. I’m cranky, filled with despair and my only interest is in the pain going away. I truly don’t know if this will be the normal in my life; I pray it will not be. Paul’s instruction, a reminder of what Jesus taught, to love all that we do, opens the door to new experiences and insights, even, in pain. I know. With God’s grace I’ve been able to shift my attention, whether I’m preparing a meal, cleaning, doing laundry or working on crafts. When I approach tasks with love, or at the very least, appreciation, what a difference it makes. I bypass feedback loops of disappointment, feelings of hopelessness, incompetence and more. Appreciation and love are helping me “lighten up” and remember the journey is as important as the destination.
Is there a way you can find your “happy” (love and appreciation) in a task you don’t like? If not, think of Christ and the message from the Apostle Paul, make a shift and let those healthy, joy-filled endorphins flow. You are worth it. You are loved.
In Faith Always, Andrea Bolling