I think it's pretty safe to say that, whether you're up against cancer yourself or you're watching a loved one fight the disease, a cancer season has a real impact on your life perspective. In causes you to think about things longterm, causes you to get serious about your goals, and passionate about your dreams. It makes you sit back and consider where you're headed, whether this is the end of your life or not. That is definitely not music to your ears, I'm sure, but it's real and it needs to be talked about.
I think we're settling for a surface-level comfort when we cling to the typical, default death/near death responses: They're in a better place now, they're up there looking over you now, there's a reason for everything, etc. Please hear me out, I'm not disagreeing with these at all, I'm just hoping to spark a deeper thought about them. Where do you believe is the better place? What could be the reason for this tragedy? You're picking up what I'm putting down...
These questions aren't meant to make you comfortable, they're meant to influence your perspective, whether you've been given a few months to live or you're a young adult living life and just reading this for the heck of it. (if that's the case, God bless you- ha)
If you're a Christian, you believe in eternity. If you're not, what keeps you from having that mindset of eternity? Obviously, in this physical world, we can only see so far, but why not "live by faith and not by sight"? Live beyond what we can see- it's more adventurous...more risky...more exciting!
[Total side note... whether you agree or disagree, want or don't want to live this way, I'd love to get your response to this question: Madison@SparktheWay.org]
This week, I found out that one of our grant recipients was put on hospice, so today my heart is heavy for him. He is my reminder of the reality of the other young adults in the world who have been given a few months to live. He is my inspiration to take on these uncomfortable questions and challenge you to see life from an eternal perspective. "For every house has a builder, but the one who built everything is God." Hebrews 3:3-4. Look beyond today, beyond this world, beyond what you can see.
If you know a young adult who hasn't received a good prognosis, please send some light their way. Email me at Madison@SparktheWay.org to find out how- God bless!
Ignite the Light,
Unite to Fight!