Everything we do boils down to choice. We choose to be happy, sad, angry, and everything in between. In fact in the Declaration of Independence it is mentioned twice.
The pursuit of happiness. People give up so much just so they are happy. Only to find out that they are depressed and lost. As the book states, “ We leave our Spouse, our jobs, our churches, and abort babies all in the pursuit of happiness.”
But what happens when things don’t go right. What happens when everything in our life seems to go pear-shaped.
These are called storms.
In one of the chapters which became my favorite the Author speaks of three different types of storms.The first type of storm the author uses the example of the Bible Story of Jonah. God told Jonah to go and preach to the people of Nineveh. Now here is a bit of back ground about these people. The people of Nineveh and Jonah’s people were sworn enemies. They thought they were hateful, mean, and down right nasty people. Jonah probably thought, “Why should I do this? These people aren’t worth my time. They aren’t going to listen. It’s just too hard.” So instead of listening to God, Jonah ran away, and ran straight into a storm.
This goes together not only sharing the Gospel with your Fellow RSD Angels but also spreading RSD/CRPS Awareness with people that don’t understand what RSD/CRPS is. You probably have said something like this, “Why should I do it? These person isn’t worth my time. They aren’t going to Listen. It’s just too hard,” and the ever popular, “It will just cause me to flare. I am just as guilty as the next person. Sometimes I wonder if it makes a difference if I share the Gospel to others or spread awareness about RSD/CRPS. It does. The future holds so much more then we can imagine someday we will understand it all but instead of running away we must face what is in front of us. How can we help not only our fellow man but our fellow RSD Angel.
The Second type of storm used is the type that brings us closer to God.
I am going to give a bit of my Testimony for a minute, please bear with me.
I was raised in a Christian Family, went to Church almost every Sunday and almost every Wednesday, I graduated from a Christian High School, and even went to a Christian College before my accident. Did that make me a Christian? Actually no.
It wasn’t till after I got RSD/CRPS that I began to seek God. Yes for a time I sat there and asked “Why Me?” but after the rage and the anger melted I began to learn who I was again. Where I stood in the world. It truly was like being reborn in a sense. I realized how self-obsessed I had been and how I did nothing to benefit my fellow man. I just walked through the world head down but all the while saying, “What can I get out of this?” I began seeking Him and finding my life getting better. Not only because I was now truly a Christian for the first time in my life but because I had true happiness.
I was worth something in His eyes. Therefore I picked myself up and after 5 months of being bedridden began to learn how to walk again. At one year I was in and out of a wheelchair and using a walker in the house. Now here at almost 4 years later, I am walking sometimes with the assistance of a cane but most of the time without. I went from being able to do nothing but sit and cry in pain to now working, and being married to the most amazing man I have ever met.
Yes, I am in the same amount of pain that I was in 4 years ago. It is how I allow it to effect me that makes the difference. It is all about choice.
The last and final type of storm they give is that of the “Example Storm.” This, sometimes, in my opinion is tied with the 2nd type.
Sometimes we have storms in our lives so that other people may see that life is still worth living. I always say and if you have been a member of RSD/CRPS Doesn’t Own Me long enough I have said “There is life after diagnosis.”
How are you going to live your life? Is it going to be a good example and show not only the world but other RSD Angels that there is hope? Or are you going to go home and say “Woe is me, have pity on my life because it sucks.” Which do you think people are going to not only react positively to but also might change someone’s life. The simple act of praying with a RSD Angel friend or sharing your story with a friend who doesn’t know about RSD/CRPS. These are the things that make the storm pass easier.
There are so many blessings in your life. Check out this book to read more in depth.
It surely changed my view on a few things. The whole book is filled with amazing stories, and it makes you think, laugh, and being the silly woman I am sometimes cry when it hit home.
If you find this to not be your style that is fine and that is your choice. We wanted to share it because we felt it was something we stood for and were happy to share with others.
I leave you with this.
“God has given each of us the power to overcome the world and the power is choice. How we use that power is determines our path in life. The responsibility is ours and ours alone. We must be willing to make the choices that transform our lives. We must choose to see life as an opportunity for service and not just an existence. We must stop barely surviving and learn to grow by choosing to choose.” -Dr Tony Robbins.
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