Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 26, 2000

Harold Keller / L’Observateur / February 26, 2000

One of the most dreaded diseases in today’s society, I think we will all agree, is cancer. Almost every week, I hear of someone I know that either hascancer, or has died of cancer. I think it’s safe to say that people are moreafraid of cancer than illegal drugs, or alcohol abuse.

I heard a Christian once say that cancer really has no power over our spirit.

Sure, it can destroy our physical body, but the only power cancer has is over our flesh. Illegal drugs and alcohol abuse will destroy us much more than theworst form of cancer.

When we think of all the things cancer can do to us, the list is short. Cancercan only kill the physical body. Cancer cannot destroy faith, it will not stoplove, it will not hinder hope, it will not kill friendship, it cannot rob you of your joy, it will not affect your character, it cannot lead you to lying and cheating, it will not affect your reputation, and last, but not least, it cannot rob you of eternal life with your heavenly Father. Come to think of it, cancer is reallylimited. On the other hand, illegal drugs and alcohol will rob us of all thesethings, including spiritual death.

What prompted me to write this article is a discussion this morning with my good friend, Coach Tim Detillier of Lutcher. He shared with me that a goodfriend of his just found out that he had cancer. We prayed for his friend tofully recover and we both believe that he will.

Just the other day, I was talking to one of my best friends whose wife was diagnose with cancer a couple of years ago. He reminded me of what I hadtold him then. He shared with me that at the time he first got the news, Itold him that God was just getting his attention. (I don’t remember telling himthat.) He then continued and said that I had also told him that because of thebad news, he would realize how much he really loved his wife. He said, “It tookthat for me to appreciate and be grateful for the wife God gave me.”The Bible says that all things come together for the good of those who love God. I really believe that God allows things to happen to get our attention, butdoes He have to send us so loud a message? The answer is yes. Much of usdo not pay attention to the daily, gentle reminders.

As we think about it, cancer is so limited. It can only kill the flesh that ishere for only a short time.

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