My precious neice texted me last week to know the specifics about the kinds of cancer certain members of our family had dealt with. Some had conquered it, and some had succombed, but she felt like the best way to deal with her feelings and possibly share her love for their fight,was to do something that would help her look to a brighter side. As you can see, a lot of people close to her have battled some kind of cancer, but she found a way to show her love, and remind herself that Cancer is not in control. She made this fun colorful shirt, from a cherished quote, which reads:
What Cancer Cannot Do:
It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope.
It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot destroy peace.
It cannot kill friendship.
It cannot suppress memories.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot invade the soul.
It cannot steal eternal life.
It cannot conquer the Spirit.
I have found that a lot, of what scripture teaches us, is about finding a way to turn our focus away from the evil in life, and to focus on how that evil is not in control of our life. I have a box of notecards that has notes of encouragement on the cards. Every now and then, I pull them out and just slowly read through them. They help me debunk the lies I tend to let my feelings tell me. Wearing her shirt will help my neice and those who are near her, concentrate on what cancer is powerless to do. Perhaps there is something in the life of one of our readers, which seems to have power, and is dictating the direction in which your life is going. Make a list, and say what your heart is feeling. Tell that something exactly where its power does not lie. Shrink that monster down to size! LOL
Activity, like a project, is better sometimes than just reading an encouraging message. It is because you pause to consider at a slower pace the gravity of what you are telling yourself. But it is also taking an action to believe what you are telling yourself. It is like Jesus asking us to be baptized when we accept him as savoir. It is what James means when he said faith without works is dead. Acting upon what you believe empowers you by exercising all your senses to be aware of the new truth you are encountering as you begin to believe it.
Often our ability to see the whole reality is being starved out by the thing that is taking precedence in our time, consuming our hours and energy . Sometimes it is about us being deceived. Circumstance, and our feelings often lie to us over and over. We should pause that loop, and stop its replay, long enough to interject some truth, to find REALITY once more. Our darkest hours cannot steal our promises, our presence with God, our relationship, our peace. We may think it can steal our Peace, but the peace of God is a constant. What other things are a constant according to God's word, that often are overshadowed by the intensity of life's horrors? It is not that they are gone, but rather that we fail to be able to see them. Choose an activity, and a message that will help you revisit the truths of God, and maybe boldly, like my neice carry them with you, until life us unable to fool you anymore. Embrace the opposite of "what seems to be", if you have God's promise that "what seems to be" is false.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Phillipians 4:7-9.
Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart...Proverbs 3:3
Father, in Jesus name, open my eyes to the things that are anchors, which never change, and never leave so I might be able to use them to put on the brakes when life is rushing out of control, and I am believing the lies, the heartache, the pain, the suffering, as if they were in control. Free me from the loops of running the same old tune, that have me returning again and again to live out of the lies. Help me do something with my anchor truths that keep them before me lest I stumble. Help me share them that they may give hope or healing to someone else along the way. AMEN