As I continued my journey through the book of 1 Kings this past week, I read about Solomon’s spiritual decline. He had built the temple and his palace and came to a point in his life where he didn’t have a goal to focus on. He developed bad habits and the last years of his life were not successful. His son took over as King and he neglected to follow good advice. As terrible leaders took over, Israel began a period of decline. The people were manipulated by leaders with ulterior motives, hidden meanings, and who liked to play political games. Many of the leaders promoted the worship of idols and the people neglected to take advantage of the opportunities God had given them.
Sometimes people don’t realize how good they have it until they go through difficulty. That’s why it’s important to live each day like the song by Tim Mcgraw called "Live Like You Were Dying". Click the following link to see the video: Live Like You Were Dying – Tim McGraw. This song puts things in perspective. Tim McGraw’s father was former major league relief pitcher Tug McGraw who died of brain cancer in 2004. He pitched the final strike for the 1980 World Champion Philadelphia Phillies.
Difficult experiences we go through put things in perspective. A few years ago, my family went through the death of my Mom to cancer. A few months after that, a childhood friend lost his battle to cancer. These experiences put things into perspective. In recent years, my wife Donna, daughter Ashlee and I have participated in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Take a look at some photos from the event last Saturday – Relay for Life photos.
One inspiring story of an athlete that has gone through difficulty with cancer and survived is Lance Armstrong. He said through his illness he learned rejection. He was written off. He said that was the moment he thought, Okay, game on. No prisoners. Everybody’s going down. After his battle with cancer, he went on to win the Tour de France a record-breaking seven consecutive years. That’s what we have to do sometimes. We have to be determined to take on the battles we face the best we can; asking for God’s help and being moved to act in a renewed way.
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Thanks for letting me share some thoughts about my journey this past week.