Tim Tebow preached on Sunday at Real Life Church in Orlando and I was privileged to be apart of the crowd that attended...…the overflow auditorium. Turns out, you have to be earlier than 20 minutes to church when Teebs is speaking. I’m not going to lie, I was a little disappointed when he popped up on the screen instead of on stage, but I was quickly refocused…
The past few months have been rough. Like most people, I had the mindset that all cancer challenges are done and over with when a patient claims remission. (Can I get an “amen” from any survivors reading this?) Mid-November brought on a rude awakening when my oncologist had me take a brain function assessment. The test results came back a little less than desirable and now, I find myself sitting with sweet brain therapist Carole three times a week for the next two months.
My ability to process is close to shot- my score was a 12 when it should’ve been a 60. My memory is at a 60 when it should be closer to 100. And the word “disability” was used when the doctor explained the significance of not taking on this challenge. If you know me, you know that I believe that life is best lived out by the words in the Bible more than the words on any test result, so thank you God, I felt that Philippians 4:7 peace instantly. The only problem I’ve really had with this is that it’s taken a huge toll on Spark the Way and this blog. I’ve been praying for a rescue, a new motivation, and on Sunday, the Lord brought it and he used Tim Tebow to do it.
So to all of those who are in the cancer battle, who are surviving from it or who take care or love someone who’s in it, these church notes are for YOU:
“Challenge is a call, answer it”
Ephesians 2:10 says “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus
for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
- Getting in the game calls for confidence in your purpose and significance. So how do you gain this confidence?
- Workmanship means “poem” in Greek- God literally wrote a special poem just for you to accomplish these good works. He wrote this poem of your life before you were born. There absolutely is something significant for you to accomplish. A life in Christ is a work of divine poetry- you are purposed, you are significant
John 6:5-14 “Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?”Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number.Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten.When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!”
- Imagine what the little lad must have been thinking, “this might not help a lot”. That didn’t stop him from offering all that he had & God matched the lad’s offering with who He is- that led to a miracle.
- God’s asking for what you have, not what you don’t have. And when Jesus adds to it, it’s more than enough
Tebow told the story of the day he started wearing Philippians 4:13 on his eye black. He said that he “hoped to inspire one, but he really didn’t know what he was doing.” Then, when the Lord led him to change the verse to John 3:16, the stats for that game blew everyone’s mind… That game, Tebow threw 316 yards and averaged 31.6 yards per completion. Out of this world and so far beyond coincidence if you ask me. Not to mention that John 3:16 was Google searched over 90 million times that night. He hoped to inspire one, but then God got involved and miracles happened…
Sometimes, we feel so little or insignificant, but we have to remember how big and cool and miraculous our God really is! He can take our little offerings and make them big. It’s not about being perfect, but knowing the one who is. Jesus lived a life we couldn’t live and died a death that we deserved. He had the courage to die for us, let’s accept the challenge to live for Him! Trusting Him is a clean slate and a righteous life… He will always have your back.
On a personal note, in January, I started calling my morning Bible & devotional time “team meetings”- time with God in prayer and in my Bible every morning to offer, learn, and hear from Him. He’s like my celebrity and I’m His assistant- doing whatever and going wherever He says. On Sunday, I knew God was using Teebs the second he said,
“God is the best teammate you could have”
Man, is that the truth! We may not be the more powerful teammate, but we're on the most powerful team. So no matter where you’re at in the fight against cancer, be encouraged to take on this challenge with the best teammate you could have. Cancer is an exhausting lifestyle, but if you give Him the little strength, energy, and power that you have, He's proven Himself to be a God of miracles. Be the little lad- let God match up all that He has with the little that you have so that Light can be shed and miracles can be stories told for generations.
As for Spark the Way, I'll offer the little that I have and
confidently anticipate God's poem of miracles to continue for my life.