A Happy Walk for Life

In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.

Abraham Lincoln

This evening in Happy, we will walk. It's described as a walk to help the American Cancer Society fund research to find a cure for cancer, but it is basically a walk for life - and a walk of love. You see, Happy has had it's share of lives shortened by cancer. In the last year we have lost good friends and have had other's lives interrupted by this cruel disease.

Four days ago, I attended the funeral of a friend who succumbed to cancer after a 16 year fight. I can remember driving him down for his first consultation and I can remember the doctor telling him about his cancer and the treatments that would follow. It was a hard 16 years for my friend, but it was 16 more years than many others in similar circumstances have had.

Just this last year, my own mother fought her fight with cancer. My Dad sat with her in the doctor's office when she got the news. It took his breath away. In fact, the ordeal was probably harder on Dad than it was Mom, just as I suspect it would have been more difficult for Mom had their places been reversed. She is doing well now, but is wore out after multiple radiation and chemo treatments, The threat will always be there, always hanging over her. While these stories are sad, they also have a lesson for us all: Life is short and you just never know what is around the corner.

There's something more to this, though, than just the threat of dying from a harsh illness. In fact, it's not about dying at all, it's about living. Mom's friends have been amazed at how calm she has taken the news, and the treatment - but not me. In fact, I'm not surprised at all because for 52 years I have watched how Mom has lived and I can tell you this: She lives for Heaven, not for here. Because that is true she truly lives - something that, sadly, many people never really learn to do.

Are you... truly living? If so, then I suspect it is because you know of the One who died so that you might live. If not, I suspect it's because you do not know Jesus. If this is the case, let me encourage you to find out about Him. He will not only change your life, He will give you life.

But tonight we will walk for a cure for cancer. We may never find it, but we can find the cure for failing to live as God wants us to. That cure is found in Jesus, and it's available to all who will seek Him, obey Him, and live for Him. It's a cure that you cannot afford to miss. And... that cure will result in a very happy walk for life!

For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that One died for all, and therefore all died. And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.

II Corinthians 5:14-15, NIV