Not in Vain

I was talking to a friend the other day, a friend who is a cancer survivor, and I mentioned that if I come out on the other side of this cancer valley unchanged there’s something wrong with me and I will have felt like the whole experience was wasted.

Thank God for friends. He said, “Mike, maybe this whole thing isn’t about you, maybe God wants to use you to touch the lives of other people and they’re the ones who will be changed.”

Then he reminded me of something very powerful and very true. If only one person is changed, if only one life touched, because of what I’m going through, isn’t it all worth it?


Honestly, I think I will emerge from this a changed person. I’m already changed in many ways. I’m certainly not the same person I was before cancer. But the statement remains. If my journey through cancerdom and my experience causes just one life to be changed, one heart reshaped, one set of blind eyes to see, then it will have been well worth it and all this will not have been in vain.


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Mike Dellosso is an author of wide-eyed suspense. He writes stories that not only entertain but enlighten.

Posted on September 16, 2008, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Susan J. Reinhardt

    Hi Mike -I don’t believe God wastes anything His kids suffer through if they’ll keep focused on Him. He turns around what the enemy meant for evil into good. I can just imagine Him saying, “Okay, Satan. You mess with my kid; you mess with Me. You’re in big trouble.”I’m so glad I can run to my Heavenly Father at the lowest point in my life. He wraps His arms around me, and says, “Come on, daughter, let’s do some damage to old slewfoot’s kingdom.”Blessings,Susan


  2. Mike, I know I come here to be encouraged and challenged, and I am never disappointed!I would like to leave a prayer request with you. Please pray for my Aunt Joyce. She is facing a tough illness and her family has rallied. Please ask God to allow me to encourage and help during this time. She is the most selfless person I’ve ever known, and I love her dearly.Thanks, Mike!Kim


  3. Susan, as always, thanks for your words of wisdom.Kim, I will definately keep your aunt in prayer. And thank you, too, for your encouraging comments.Mike


  4. Hemingway famously said, “The world breaks all of us. Some of us become strong in the broken places.”That’s what cancer does for us.Keep the faith.Carl


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