I hate cancer. I know I am stating the obvious and that’s a feeling that many others share also. Being a 14 year stage 3 colon cancer survivor, and active in the cancer community, I have seen far too many great people have their lives cut short due to cancer. This is something that is not getting easier to experience, it’s getting harder.
I got a message last night from a good friend going through treatments for advanced cancer. She wanted me to know that the treatments were not working and that she signed up for hospice. Not quite the news that I was expecting or hoping that it was going to say.
What is on my mind now is how she has lived her life since her cancer diagnosis and throughout her treatment. Her faith has been amazing through everything, praising God through it all. I told her in my reply back that God gave her a platform and she did not waste a single second of it.
She has been such an inspiration to me and to thousands of others who know her or hear her story. She was given an opportunity to be in a spotlight and instead of hiding in the darkness, she has used God’s light to speak of her faith and God’s love for us.
It makes me wonder what I’m doing with the platform God gave me. Am I using it to His liking or am I pissing it away? This is what is on my mind right now. I have seen so many people have different outcomes from cancer than I had and it makes me sick to think that I am not appreciating every second of my time here this side of heaven.
So with that, I am going to try to do a better job of glorifying God with my time here. Whether that be doing a marathon in whatever time it takes, finishing an Ironman triathlon, spending time with my kids, being a good husband to my wife, or just talking to people.
1 Corinthians 10:31 So whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
Last time I checked, the death rate for everyone is still at 100%. Cancer patients, survivors, and their families may just be thinking about it a little more than everyone else is. I’m so thankful for my friend and the way she used her platform. May we all use the platform that God gave us the way she used hers.
To God Be The Glory!
1 Peter 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
Steve DeLuca is a 14-year, stage 3 colon cancer survivor, acoustic neuroma brain tumor survivor, 23-time marathon finisher, 2007 Ironman Wisconsin finisher, happily married father of 4, and a follower of Jesus. Not all in that order.
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