D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

Don't waste your [blank]

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 6:18 PM

John Piper is getting ready to have cancer surgery surgery tomorrow. With cancer there's never any promises, never any guarantees, never any for-sures. My uncle passed away from cancer last month, and another uncle is suffering from it right now, so I've seen first hand the devastation it can have on the person with it and on the family and friends. But as he blogged about it tonight, it wasn't about the what-ifs he was facing, or the comments of determination to defeat the disease. It was a list of ways to waste his cancer...to take the experience he's going through and not be able to take away anything positive from it. As I read the list (which you can read here), I realized that all of us have a [blank] in our lives that we could easily sub the word 'cancer' for. All of us have that one area of suffering that we look to with disdain, frustration, and anger. So below is an abriged version of the list:

  1. You will waste your [blank] if you do not believe it is designed for you by God.
  2. You will waste your [blank] if you believe it is a curse and not a gift.
  3. You will waste your [blank] if you seek comfort from your odds rather than from God.
  4. You will waste your [blank] if you refuse to think about [worst case scenario].
  5. You will waste your [blank] if you think that overcoming [blank] means [getting what you want] rather than cherishing Christ.
  6. You will waste your [blank] if you spend too much time researching [blank] and not enough time reading about God.
  7. You will waste your [blank] if you let it drive you into solitude instead of deepen your relationships with manifest affection.
  8. You will waste your [blank] if you grieve as those who have no hope.
  9. You will waste your [blank] if you treat sin as casually as before.
  10. You will waste your [blank] if you fail to use it as a means of witness to the truth and glory of Christ.

So how will we respond to suffering in our lives? For me, I need to address how I will respond to the constant frustration that God hasn't given us children yet even though we desperately want them. For John, its going to be how to turn a potentially life threatening disease into a time of faith and devotion while staring death in the face. For you...?

D




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