Can I be completely honest with you about something?
I don’t understand cancer. I hate it.
I know all about sin and how this world is corrupt and broken and how everything will one day be redeemed, but there is something mysterious and scary about cancer.
I have so many friends who have been affected. It’s rampant in my own family right now. I hate it.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Perhaps no other cancer has been so prevalent in our church. We have numerous breast cancer survivors at Grace Community Church. These women encourage me with their faith and resolve to not only fight the disease, but to make the world a better place in spite of their sickness. Some of the heroes of faith to me right now are these women.
This month our local Clarksville Family Magazine featured one such woman, Kelly Blevins. Kelly, and fellow Grace girl Lynne Woodson, have decided to use their experience with cancer to launch a local support group for other breast cancer patients. This type ministry fires me up, because it addresses real and practical needs. I want to be their biggest cheerleader!
Have you experienced the devastation of cancer in your life, either personally or with people you love?
Have you marveled at the faith of those with cancer?
Take some time today to pray for a cure, to pray for God’s comfort, and to pray for those families struggling with cancer.
You got to love (or not) the staff I work with at Grace Community Church. They put a lot of effort into their work (nonsense) sometimes. Now they are in the product design/info commercial phase of ministry. If we sell enough of these, we are buying a new building!
By the way, the only real way to rid your sin problem is through Jesus Christ. Don’t want to confuse the literal thinkers.
Are you avoiding your story? Do you often wish you could escape the past?
One famous Bible character never seemed to escape her story.
I have always found it interesting that Rahab continued to be known as a harlot…a prostitute…a hooker… (Sorry for the crude word, but that probably best captures how she must have been viewed at one point in her life.)
In Hebrews 11, the so-called faith chapter, where God chronicles the examples of superior faith, Rahab is still referred to as “Rahab the prostitute”. (Hebrews 11:31) She apparently never fully escaped the title or the memory of her past.
Perhaps the memory of your past gone wrong…all the painful mistakes, the tragedies, the hurts, the failures… remain for a greater purpose…
To remind you of who He is and what He has done in your life…
To remind you to help others that struggle…
To keep you humble or from becoming conceited…
Instead of trying to run from your past, perhaps you should embrace the changes God has brought in your life through that past and the forgiveness He has provided and allow God to use the memory of your sorrow for His glory.
How are you allowing God to use your mistakes, tragedies, heartache and sorrow for a greater good?
If you need some tips on recovering from your past, read this post HERE.