I am remembering a father & son trip Tyler and I made to Pebble Beach, CA. We were staying at my parents house and decided to ride our bicycles to Cannery Row to go kayaking in the ocean. My dad told us to take the route along the ocean, but I saw a faster way cutting across the land. My dad said there was a hill that way, but I knew we could handle a little hill. That is when I learned that the word hill is different in California than the flat plains of Ohio. This "hill" would classify as a ski mountain in Ohio. It about killed us riding our bikes up that thing. It seemed we would never get to the top. But we did make it to the top. And the ride down was an absolute blast. Riding full speed down in the middle of the road, going straight down toward the ocean. It was an absolute thrill. I guess that is true of life. Life is supposed the be a thrill, to be full of excitement and adventure. But to get there we must first conquer a lot of hills.
Cancer is a very steep hill. But it brings into focus all that is important. It has this weird way of overwhelming you with the realities of life, while simultaneously bringing enormous clarity to the purpose of life. It throws everything into turmoil, while putting everything into perspective. It may not be today or tomorrow, but we will conquer this one. We will fight. We will win. And we will experience new thrills and adventures.
"Life is a daring adventure, or it is nothing"
"There isn't a person anywhere who isn't capable of doing more than he thinks he can."
A few years ago my grandfather was fighting cancer. Due to age, health, and extent of cancer, he was given no chance. But he still fought. He continued fighting long past the time frame the doc's gave him. He was fighting when many people, including my grandmother, were saying he should just give in and surrender.
His response to those who said he should "give up" was this. He said imagine you were on the basketball team. Imagine you were playing the most amazing season you could imagine. The teams were great , the games exciting. and every game you executed perfectly, continuing an undefeated record. And now you were in the play offs, the last game of this dream season. But this game did not go as you wished. Things did not come together as you would have planned. You are down 30 points with only 2 minutes left in the game. So what do you do? Do you quit? Do you set the ball down and walk off the court with your head down? Or do you stand tall and finish the game? Do you go out there with your head high and play the best 2 minutes of basketball you have ever played in your entire life. He knew his game was coming to the end. But, he said, "I will not walk off this court until the game is over. As God is my witness, I will fight this game until the buzzer sounds". And he did. He never once lost his fight.
"We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or fight like hell."
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
--2 Timothy 4:7-8
"I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me."
I believe we were created to be challenged, and to fight. I also believe we were created to be victorious, and achieve great things.
"We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We are knocked down, but never destroyed."
-- 2 Corinthians 4:8,9