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“You  don’t know it yet, but we are the lucky ones” . . .

A fellow cancer sufferer sent this message across the world to Lance Armstrong when he was having chemotherapy for cancer. At the time he thought the man was a nut. But later he began to realise exactly what the man meant.

As he absorbed the full extent of his illness he was forced to make a choice between fear and hope.

I wanted to live, but whether I would or not was a mystery, and in the midst of confronting that fact I was beginning to sense that to stare into the face of such a fearful mystery wasn’t a bad thing. To be afraid is a priceless education. Once you have been that scared you know more about your frailty than most, and I think that changes a man. I was brought low and there was nothing to take refuge in but the philosophical: this disease would force me to ask more of myself as a person than I ever had before, and to seek out a different ethic.

Yesterday, as I coped with the wave of side effects from another dose of chemotherapy, the song that came to me in the chemo suite rang in my head all day. It filled me with hope and a vision of the future.

There is a higher throne
Than all this world has known,
Where faithful ones from ev’ry tongue
Will one day come.
Before the Son we’ll stand,
Made faultless through the Lamb;
Believing hearts find promised grace—
Salvation comes.

I do feel that I am a ‘lucky one’. To be forced to confront the frailty of my life, and explore the higher thoughts of heaven and eternity, is a precious experience.

Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.

And from that perspective, I want to live.

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