Never take your good health for granted.
Every now and then everyone gets a bug of some sort that lays us low, but most of us recover after a few days.
There is a woman connected to my church who has truly miserable health conditions that plague her all day, every day. I’ve never met her, because she is no longer able to make it to church. I hear her mentioned often, though, as someone who suffers with grace and thanksgiving. I have to admire that.
There is a strong tendency to moan and snivel when you’re not feeling well. I plead guilty.
So I got up this morning with the resolution to stop it–no more recitations of my miserable symptoms. Instead, I’m choosing to be thankful for several things:
- This too shall pass
- There are OTC remedies that bring relief
- I have the freedom to stay in bed if I need to
- I have a husband who takes care of me. He would have been a great nurse or doctor.
- I am in no way different from or better than millions of others who have an occasional bug, so just deal with it 🙂
- I don’t have Covid. Just an old-fashioned cold.
- I don’t live in Ukraine or Taiwan. So far, no foreign power is attacking America with bombs and mortar fire. Not that it can’t happen, and I believe it may.
- We have good health insurance. Most of our prescriptions are paid for.
- It’s been over a week now since I first started feeling bad, so another couple of days should see me turning the corner back to feeling good.
- This last thing may seem unrelated, but I’m VERY thankful that our months-long heat wave seems to be taking a break.
When we put our minds to it, we can always think of something for which to be thankful. It’s much easier, of course, to focus on the negative. It’s part of our old sinful nature to do so.
My prayer today is, “Dear Lord, please keep me focused on all the reasons I have for which to be thankful.”