I believe that our purpose in life is to glorify God. I also believe He has a specific plan for each life. For some people, this may be a ministry, a talent, a skill, or an interest. How has your special plan changed since fibromyalgia or other chronic pain, and all the associated diseases or conditions, became your realty?
This is a great question!! I believe God created each of us with purpose and no matter the mess ,God can use it to become your message. Since living with fibro, I have had the opportunity to be more in tune with myself, while I have learned to love my self unconditionally by accepting change. I had to let go of the expectations that I once used as motivation. In doing so I learned that's how God is.. he wants to meet us just where we are mentally, emotionally, physically and mend our broken moments by equipping us with strength in our moments of weakness , his love for me strengthen me. My career has suffered greatly being that I can't maintain a full time job because I'm too tired & aching all the time.. I ended up feeling lost. Even with having a husband and child I felt lost because my focus has always been my career. I'm the Ms.Independent type of girl lol.. But I've changed my perspective because my first ministry according to god starts at home and then spread to others. everything that I do, is to make other people better. I am the go to girl for friends and family, I worked in social services , solving other people problems ,( which is something that I am passionate about.) I love to see people become better. All of my talents and gifts are used to uplift people . Fibro has given me the opportunity to grow as a person and become a better me. It has given me a chance to uplift myself. I can now revisit my old career goals/hobbies that I originally envisioned such as writing. Fibro has given me a voice to write but for so long I've been scared to pick up the pin or I didn't know what to say. ..but I do know, through it all, I always acknowledge God goodness.
My life changed because it slowed me down so that God could talk to me. Prior to being diagnosed I livedd life at 150mph, taking care of a sick child, working, running a house, taking kids back and forth to Parent teacher meetings, on and on. I really believed I was fine managing it all but no time for God. Then when this struck me down, who did I call on. but God. Instead of turning me away he told me to use the gift he gave to me and he would do the rest. Since then I listened and started selling my paintings that once just sat in my closet when they were done. I never believed in my own talent and hid it from the world but God had me pick up the brush to relax my mind and ease the pain of not being able to work anymore. Now instead ," I do what I love and I love what I do! " For the most part even with this disease, I'm a happier person now because I put God first.
AMEN!!!! Yes ...Believe me when I say this is my thorn in my flesh- He knows that. Just before I had such a horrible back issue that had me crawling to the bathroom, I was asked by a friend to come work with her. I was low on funds and thought about it seriously. I was 26 yrs old. She was a stripper!!! I did not make it because I was down in my back for a week. GOD.....all I can say.
I do think God has a purpose for our lives, despite having Fibromyalgia. I think God works to slow us down and bring us closer to him. Sometimes if we didn't have this disorder to slow us down I am not sure many of us would be able to slow down enough to hear his voice.
@A MyFibroTeam Member. I think God confirms His purpose for our lives by blessing us, blessing others and blessing the work. Sometimes the need guides us to our calling, or plans fall into perfect place. Sometimes we may work at our calling our entire lives, then others will see the results of our work. If what we do brings glory to God, and not ourselves, then the purpose has been served. Our calling may change as circumstances change. But our purpose is always to do the Will of God.