Today I want to tell you how I think a verse from the New Testament applies to those of us with chronic illnesses. But before I do, let me say that it’s my intention that what I write about that verse is helpful to you whether or not you’re a Christian.
The verse is Matthew Chapter 25, verse 40. In the verses before that one, Jesus is talking to people who have fed the hungry, given water to the thirsty, and have visited the sick and those in prison. In verse 40 he tells them, “Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.”
What he is saying is that taking care of those in need, i.e., those who are going through hard times, is more than a good deed – it’s a sacred act.
I couldn’t agree more.
But I also think it applies to us. So I think taking care of ourselves when we’re going through hard times is just as much of a sacred act as is taking care of others when they’re in need.
If you disagree, I would really appreciate it if you would leave a comment explaining why. But if what I’ve said makes sense to you, then you have a really good reason to take care of yourself when you have aren’t feeling well – so please do!
On the other hand, if you don’t agree with what I’ve written, please leave a comment telling me why and I will respond to it.