I had been working numerous hours on a book I was writing when everything inside of me began to scream, “Stop!” I was pushing myself to meet an upcoming deadline, but as my body continued its persuasion to cease labor, I finally decided to take a break. Immediately, I knew something was wrong.
The next day when I awoke, my eyesight was affected as well as my walking. I drove myself to the emergency room and was admitted to the hospital. After countless tests were run, the doctor discovered I had Mono.
Months of bed rest were required as I dealt with this sickness. As days turned into weeks, discouragement battled to rule my heart. However, I was soon to understand, in a way like never before, the true meaning of glorifying God in all things.
“Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31Tweet
I brought before God my illness and prayed, “How can I glorify You through Mono?” From that moment on, my affliction no longer held a grip on me. While the effects of Mono continued, its power to discourage me perished.
Not to us, O Lord, not to us, But to Your name give glory Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth. Psalm 115:1Tweet
Through our trials, the same call will be issued: Will I glorify God through my difficulties or complain? Will I continue to believe in His promises or doubt?
Instead of becoming a hostage to your circumstances, ask God how you can glorify His Name through every situation you face. It truly will change your life.
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3
Prayer: Lord, may I seek to bring glory to You, in all that I do. Even during the darkest times of my life.