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Monday, December 07, 2009

Matt is recovering

Matt came out of a long brain surgery procedure this past Friday and is currently recovering in ICU. You can view a video message from Matt that he recorded for his congregation at The Village Church. The video was recorded before his surgery and was shown to his congregation yesterday morning during the worship services.

Oh what peace to look into the unknown and proclaim that God is always good in ALL THINGS....even in a brain tumor! Matt's ordeal reminds me of what John Piper and David Powlison wrote when they faced cancer a few years ago.

In case you didn't read the article....

1. You will waste your cancer if you do not believe it is designed for you by God.
2. You will waste your cancer if you believe it is a curse and not a gift.
3. You will waste your cancer if you seek comfort from your odds rather than from God.
4. You will waste your cancer if you refuse to think about death.
5. You will waste your cancer if you think that “beating” cancer means staying alive rather than cherishing Christ.
6. You will waste your cancer if you spend too much time reading about cancer and not enough time reading about God.
7. You will waste your cancer if you let it drive you into solitude instead of deepen your relationships with manifest affection.
8. You will waste your cancer if you grieve as those who have no hope.
9. You will waste your cancer if you treat sin as casually as before.
10. You will waste your cancer if you fail to use it as a means of witness to the truth and glory of Christ.

I know it's easier said than done for me, considering that I've never encountered cancer in my life or in the lives of close loved ones. It's a challenge, with our without cancer, to not waste the life that's been given to us. I need to dwell on that.

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