How we see ourselves matters. The Bible says we’re clothed in Christ but seeing ourselves this way is sometimes way too challenging (or at least it is for me) when the symptoms in my body steal my attention morning, noon and night.
When chronic illness sets in, we condition ourselves unconsciously. The illness becomes a part of us whether we realise it or not.
You may cognitively recognise that illness is not your identity but unconsciously your thoughts, behaviour may tell an opposing story.
This reminds me of mixing different colours of play dough together. It’s impossible to separate them.
If this is you, I hear you and I understand, I’ve been there. This is your reality, your truth. BUT IT IS NOT YOUR IDENTITY.
Unlike playdough, we can separate ourselves from the illness that consumes us and live a life from a place of victory.