You might be sick, but you’re not useless.


A friend of mine recently sent me a link to the Wikipedia page of Laura Hillenbrand. The name, at first, meant nothing to me, and I wasn’t sure why she’d sent it, but as I read, something jumped out at me, and I knew it was what she wanted me to see:

“Hillenbrand’s first book was the acclaimed Seabiscuit: An American Legend (2001), a nonfiction account of the career of the great racehorse Seabiscuit, for which she won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year in 2001…Hillenbrand suffers from severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and remains largely confined to her home.”

I am not confined to my home, but I do know the debilitating weight of this illness; the way in which it seems to strangle your talents and potential. And yet, I find in Hillenbrand’s life the inspiration that sick people don’t have to feel useless.

To recount all the blessings I have encountered not despite, but because of my illness would take thousands of words, but I too have discovered that even sick people have a purpose and calling from God. We may not all be great writers, but God does not leave his Children without gifts to use for the building up of the church.

So if you’re sick, or tired or you find yourself in circumstances that you never would have chosen, do not, on top of all that, despair that you have no earthly use or purpose.

2 comments on “You might be sick, but you’re not useless.

  1. juliasarahelizabeth says:

    Over the summer, I read a blog and posted it to my blog. The particular post stressed that churches should strive to include chronically ill people and find ways to allow them to be involved in ministry from home. I can’t remember the title off the top of my head, but if you search the archive under ministry, I am sure you can find it. We can still be involved with the preparation of newsletters, creating decorations for banquets, making phone calls, sending birthday cards to members of the church, etc even though our lives are limited. We do not need to be relegated to just being prayer warriors (although that is wonderful). We also have talents to give and want to serve in other ways too. I love it when people bring up topics like this!

  2. Well said, thank for sharing! God Bless 🙂

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