Story: "Don't Waste Your Cancer"
John Piper's battle with prostate cancer birthed a stirring blog post and booklet entitled "Don't Waste Your Cancer." Written on the eve of surgery, his main points were these: You will waste your cancer if...
- ...you do not believe it is designed for you by God.
- ...you believe it is a curse and not a gift.
- ...you seek comfort from your odds rather than from God.
- ...you refuse to think about death.
- ...you think that “beating” cancer means staying alive rather than cherishing Christ.
- ...you spend too much time reading about cancer and not enough time reading about God.
- ...you let it drive you into solitude instead of deepen your relationships with manifest affection.
- ...you grieve as those who have no hope.
- ...you treat sin as casually as before.
- ...you fail to use it as a means of witness to the truth and glory of Christ.
I encourage you to read Piper's post, which David Prowlison from CCEF augmented with his own biblical reflections after receiving his cancer diagnosis.
Bo Nelson points out a story of family and faith in the midst of the roller-coaster of diagnosis, treatment, and inevitable loss.
This man, Zac Smith, stepped into eternity and went home to be with Jesus on Sunday, May 16, 2010. ...
The following video is of his wife’s response 1 year later....