My kids have a great time on vacation, just coming along for the ride! Recently, we took a road trip and visited family and friends throughout the US, we had a blast! When they said they had the time of their lives, I realized that I don’t bring them along enough in life. Through my recent battle with Stage 4 Metastatic Cancer, I found myself deeply evaluating my life and I quickly realized that I had a lot of wonderful people traveling down the same road of fighting cancer with me. Thus this devotional blog.
If you or someone you love is battling cancer, you might find yourself depressed, scared, apathetic, lost or confused. Been there...done that. Cancer is not a disease which merely attacks your body…It attacks your heart and soul! Here, I want to attempt to give you things I wish I would have had earlier in my fight with cancer. I also feel like you shouldn’t be travelling alone. This is an attempt to help all of us travel together.
When I'm traveling down a dark, scary road, I always feel stronger and more courageous when I'm with others. Whether we like it our not, we have found ourselves on the same road. We might as well travel together! In fact, this is why the Church exists! Hop in with me and let's hit the road.
As a Christian, the ancient wisdom of the Scriptures has proven to be an essential part of the journey...like a great map...or I guess GPS. By the way…I'm not sure how I survived driving before GPS, because I am, unfortunately, quite directionally-challenged. My wife laughs all the time that I can lead teams and organizations but can’t find my way out of a parking lot! The Bible has become a sort of GPS device for me, especially when trying to navigate the confusing and frightening road of cancer.
In the book of Hebrews, we read, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)
As I am traveling down the road of life ("running my race") marked out for me, I want to do a better job of inviting people to join this road trip. Here in Hebrews, Paul (I believe he wrote Hebrews) uses “we” and “us.” Life is a team sport! You were designed to run with a pack! You are welcome to hop in on this road trip and enjoy the conversation and scenery. Read one blog per month (or per chemo treatment). Maybe we will learn how to persevere and not just survive cancer, but thrive in the midst of it. I don't want to be known, not as a survivor...but a thriver! I think we can do more than merely survive!
Who are you teaming up with? Life is a team sport…seek someone to start running with today. Don’t be content to merely survive, THRIVE!
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