Benefits of Being on Crutches (Not What You Might Think)

Photo credit: Neeta Lind (see link at end of post)

The woman in the photograph isn’t me, but I’m in the same situation. I couldn’t get a really great picture of myself on crutches, so I had to find one for this post. Truthfully, I don’t look or feel as cheerful as the woman in the picture either. It’s HOT, it’s hard to get around on crutches with two children in tow, and I can’t do many of the simplest things I need to do. I’m tired and frustrated.

There are some positive things about being on crutches, however. I thought I’d share a few with you and leave you with a Bible verse to think about this weekend.

First, the benefits of being on crutches:

1. Getting around on crutches is a great upper body workout. (Just ask my arms!)

2. Using crutches works out your abdominal region.

3. I’m using a lot of energy to get around (burning more calories), but . . .

4. . . . it’s not easy to go to the kitchen and get something to eat whenever I think about it, so I’m not eating as much junk!

5. I’ve had to clean out my purse (again) to make it easier to manage.

6. I can’t carry as much stuff “to do” around with me, so I’m spending more time sitting quietly, thinking, praying, and just “being.”

There are more, but those are the ones I thought of all day as I hauled myself around in the heat.

And there’s the verse I carried in my mind today, a verse that has seen me through situations that have been difficult for me emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, as well as physically.

“. . . the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV1984)

What Scripture or quote has helped you through hard times?

Photo credit: Neeta Lind

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  3. Dawnyel says:

    Loved this article! I am 2.5 weeks out from a pretty major knee surgery, and I will be on my crutches for a total of 6 weeks or longer. I plan on getting some duct tape tomorrow to brighten them up. I’m tired of looking at the grey!!! I did print a few favorite bible verse references on them with a sharpie, but even that seems to be rubbing off. I agree on it making you slow down and just be. Also, the kitchen and eating junk is so totally true.
    Dawnyel B

  4. Courtney says:

    Thank you. This is just what I needed to fix my focus, I’ll be having knee surgery on Monday and am not looking forward to the next 5wks on crutches.

  5. Juanita Rynearson says:

    I am having bunion surgery soon and I have never been on crutches.
    Thanks for the pointers.

  6. Mary says:

    Thank you for this! I’m looking st foot surgery in the next month (whenever I can get is scheduled) and not really looking forward to the crutches and knee scooter. I like your positive outlook! Thanks!

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