As you can tell from our last post (in DECEMBER), we've been on a bit of a blog hiatus. In the beginning of this year, I received a call from Good Morning America for a pre-interview to eventually talk about Spark the Way on air. Cool, right? The Lord works in mysterious ways...
As great as this opportunity was, it lit a little bit of a panic fire in me to prepare for national coverage. We were 100% not ready for an influx of financial aid and mentorship requests at a national level, and GMA could call back at any time to put us on. We flipped into super "go" mode and since January, we've created committees, enlisted more board members, and started creating more roles for volunteers- a total restructure.
Also notice the "we"'s. I do not naturally have the business brain, but God has been so faithful and favorable to this organization. He has surfaced the right people at the exact right time to balance out my weaknesses. My good friend Alexis told me in the middle of a breakdown of doubts that she believed building this organization was going to be mentally harder than fighting the cancer. Her words have rung more true to me this year than all of the other years combined. I'm so outside of what comes naturally to me, but I'm more confident about this, than anything in my life, that God has called me to it, and He has promised to finish it out.
"In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:4-6
If you've kept up with our social medias and newsletters, you know that we just had our 4th Annual Ignite the Light Gala. It. was. awesome. I'll post a BTS about it next week, but the biggest takeaway for me personally, was the reminder of the voice that we have as a young adult cancer community.
Sitting back and listening to the panel of young adult cancer fighters, survivors, and caregivers use their voice to make a stand was powerful. Watching the videos of patients we've helped this past year use their voice was powerful. Handing $1,500 of grants to young adults in need using their voice was powerful.
I was Bible'ing in Colossians yesterday, and this verse reminded me of the voice that young adult cancer fighters, survivors, and caregivers are given in battle:
"At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison" Colossians 4:3
When I was in my lymphoma battle, I clung to 2 Bible dudes- Job and Paul. I felt I could slightly relate to their circumstances and tried my best to adopt their attitudes and mindsets. In terms of Paul's story of imprisonment, cancer felt like what I imagine prison to feel like, but I read that Colossians verse and see how Paul used prison as his platform. He looked at prison as a means of getting the attention of those he wouldn't have otherwise to tell them of the power of Jesus. That was why he was in prison.
And that same reason, is why I believe God allows the crap things that happen, like a cancer diagnosis, to happen. I had people ask me why, if I loved God so much, that He would give me cancer. As if cancer is given based off of some deserving scale.
Our cancer is like Paul's prison- it's our platform and our voice to those whose attention we wouldn't have otherwise to show the power of Christ, to truly outshine every bit of darkness that cancer brings along with it, and to overpower cancer's effect on our lives. It's a counter-cultural way to look at cancer like a mission that God entrusted you with, but in God's economy, that's exactly what it is.
To the cancer fighter, survivor, or caregiver: God trusted Paul with prison, and He's trusting you with cancer. Rely on Him. Tell Him you're mad at Him. Cry to Him. Get real with Him, but then be ready to get strengthened by Him. He shares His strength with you through the Holy Spirit. YOU can shared strength with GOD- that's immeasurable strength. You just have to tap into it- Bible, pray, Google search Francis Chan sermons, turn on Hillsong, write out a "Dear God" letter. Whatever it is that connects you to God, do it. And if you've never connected with God and have no idea where to start, message the Spark the Way facebook page and I'll watch for it. We're in this with you and want the best perspective on this cancer battle for you. Cancer is a "we" thing.
Stay tuned on our next post, "Behind the Scenes of the ITL Gala"
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