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.