Some folks wonder why I am so open in my writing about my cancer and the ups and downs …
I will NOT retreat to the closet and its darkness and death. Outside of the closet is light and life and I want to fully live every minute that God has written in His book.
I am NOT a cancer victim … I am a cancer survivor … a cancer warrior. I have difficulty believing that children of God are ever victims … that certainly does not mean we live without suffering.
Note Jesus’ words from the garden on the eve of His arrest, His trial, His beatings and His crucifixion: “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” Note how Jesus affectionately called his Father Daddy in the midst of all this …
Suddenly cancer seems like such a small thing … and Abba Father seems so big.
i share both the good and the bad because if I only share the good, it over inflates me … not only to you but to myself as well. As Galatians 5:26 says, “Let us not become conceited …” and in 2 Timothy 3:4 Paul warns of becoming “swollen with conceit”.
And I truly believe there is encouragement in both the good and the bad of my journey through cancer. Encouragement comes in many forms …
- From personal experience, I know that great comfort comes in the midst of trials and tribulations when you realize, “I’m not the only one going through such trials and tribulations.”
- Look … there is someone going through the same problems … and they are not giving up … they are coping … they are making their way through it.
- People who have already experienced what I’m going through … they offer encouragement and advice … their insights are invaluable.
- Finally, but of first importance, I am privileged to share my testimony of how Jesus is loving me, inspiring me and carrying me through this journey.
For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 (ESV)
Thank you Lord!