For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. - Romans 8:18
The beauty of our trials is that they are making us new. Some of the most empathetic, loving and most compassionate people I know have been through deep valleys of heartache. Our struggles have the power to change our perspective on life, on other people, on ourselves. It changes what and who we value. We let go of our desires for the things of the world, and long for the eternal.
One of my co-workers brought me to tears yesterday with her kind words. She reminded me God chooses people He knows can shine His light through difficult trials so others can see His glory. My heart in this, my deepest desire is to shine His light for others to see as I walk through this trial. This is why my prayer request from the beginning has been for no chemo - I want to be able to live my life out loud for others to see, I don't want to be trapped on my couch. But God's will, not mine. If He wants me preaching the Gospel from my couch, then so be it. My desire is to reach as many people as possible with the light of Christ while I walk through this. He is transforming me, He is changing my perspective and my desires, and He is making me new. Any suffering I have to endure through treatment is nothing compared to the glory of watching Him work.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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