Week one of breast cancer radiation treatment is complete. A lot of you are wondering how I am feeling. Some of the side effects I have experienced this week are indigestion, dry mouth, tiredness, brain fog, and redness of the treatment area.
But in all of this, the most important thing to know is that God is working all things out for my good, the good of others, and for His glory [Romans 8:28].
The employees at the cancer treatment facility are very kind and friendly. Most of the other patients are also kind and friendly. However, some of them just want to sit, be quiet, and not be bothered, which is completely understandable.
I’m a pretty friendly person by nature. But believe me, it’s quite tempting to isolate yourself in this type of scenario. Sometimes misery doesn’t want company.
I’ve learned from experience that the only way to snap out of the self-isolation mentality is to put others before yourself. Which can be very hard to do when you are dealing with your own health crisis or any crisis for that matter.
Philippians 2:3b-4 Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Every patient in that cancer radiation treatment center is hurting; not just me. We are all fighting the same battle; some at different levels than others but a battle none the less.
There is a popular quote by Maclaren that is, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” That is so true!
We have no idea what people are going through. It’s so easy to make assumptions by what we see but in reality, we have no clue. That’s why it’s so important to be kind, no matter what we see. Yes, even when the other person is grumpy.
I think sometimes we take it personally and take offense when someone is unkind to us. Maybe instead, we should view it as an opportunity to show the love of Christ to them and pray for them. It’s all about perspective.
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
I went into breast cancer treatment wanting God to use me to be a blessing to others. I was and am determined to not let my pain be wasted.
My daily prayer is that my eyes, ears, and heart will be open to recognizing opportunities to encourage others in some way. Not just at the cancer treatment facility but everywhere I go.
There is one woman that I notice daily in the treatment waiting area. She always sits alone. She looks so sad and so sick. She doesn’t talk to anyone unless it’s one of the employees. My heart goes out to her.
No matter how bad you think you have it, there is always someone that has it worse than you.
The Lord has put it on my heart to reach out to her. So far I’ve been able to talk with her and try to gain her trust. She’s even allowed me to pray with her. I’ve made it my personal goal to make her smile. I think I may have my work cut out for me. However, with God, all things are possible [Mark 10:27].
I know breast cancer is a horrible situation for me to be in, but if God can use me to help one person to know Him and His love for them, it will all have been worth it.
Matthew 18:12-14 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way, your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.
The life God has given us is not about us. It’s about Him and it’s about others. We all have a purpose in this life. And our purpose may not be all sunshine and roses. It may mean going through tough times to get to the one who is lost so they can fulfill their God-given purpose.
God has a plan. Let’s trust His plan. Let’s allow God to use our difficult situation to make a difference in someone else’s life. Let’s put others before ourselves. Let’s be kind even when it’s hard.
One act of kindness can change someone’s life forever.
Titus 3:4-5 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.
Prayer for salvation: Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.