My mother would always steer clear of people who gave “organ recitals” as she called them. They were “downers”, depressing people. Your mistake would be to ask, “how are you”? They never got better, something was always wrong, yet they were at the mall, in church, at the school function. They sounded as though they were dying yet they looked and acted fine. Some people never get enough attention.
Makes you want to give them their own t-shirt, “here’s your sign”!
Many of us have our issues, our daily battles. I have to say my chronic condition is a struggle. Mom and dad raised us that if you were this side of the grass to get on with your life and bear up under what ever it is you’re going through. Physically it is hard I know, trust me. (I will not give you an “organ recital” now, so don’t worry :-D). Unless you had a fever or couldn’t keep your food down, you went to school and later on work. My father had a great work ethic. He went back to work a month after he had his right lung removed and worked for many more years. It is a mind-set, mind over matter… you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
Work ethic, seems to be a vanishing concept. People would rather complain about what needs to be done, how hard it is to do it or even about the paper cut that is going to keep them from doing the job. “It’s too heavy, I don’t do ladders, my foot hurts, my back hurts ….”. Down deep I think it simply they need someone to look at them and give them attention. There is a legitimate time of sickness or injury, but using it for attention or to make your life easier just makes you an HYPOCHONDRIAC!
Sadly, many people carry this mentality into their spiritual life as well. I call them “Spiritual Hypochondriacs”. It is no secret that in the Christian life we have ups and downs, mountains and valleys. Some people hit the valley once and get stuck. They clamp down on the experience and never get better. They remember when things were better, when God blessed them and everything was smooth. Every time you meet them they have the same prayer request. Let me insert here I am not talking about a long time illness, financial situation, loss loved one, etc. I am talking personal growth. Many times we do go through an extended time in the valley because we do not grow in the Lord, we do not learn what He brought us there to learn. Our daily life is about growing more in the Lord. If we get stuck in the valley, we are not feeding our spiritual life. We are not reading His word, praying for others, talking with Him daily. We need to fellowship with other Christians who help pull us along and we in turn pull them along when the road is hard. If we are not doing His work, helping others then we “are all about me”. It’s the spiritual version of “look at me”. These kind of people become cancers and spread through a body of believers, making them all “doubting Thomas’s; woe is us Christians”. Nothing the devil likes better than to get Christians in to spiritual hypochondria.
Got pain? Don’t make it the thang. Take a time of rest if you need it, let it heal or get better, but do not wallow in your illness. Doctors say that positive attitudes and can do spirit helps people heal faster than many medicines. For Christians, that same attitude applies. Sometimes the valley is long, it is a drudgery of day-to-day, never-ending it would seem. But, the Scriptures tell us,
James 1:2-4(HCSB)“2 Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.”
Some coach has taken credit for the “No Pain, No Gain” concept. But it came from the Bible. Let people hear of your journey, counting it all joy with expectation of what the Lord is going to accomplish in your journey.