I found out this week a friend has been told she has liver cancer and may only have 2 years to live.
As I thought about what to say to my friend, my own conversation with the oncologist came to mind. I had asked him, “so what are my chances?”, half-joking, because I wasn’t sure I wanted to hear the answer.
He looked me straight in my eyes and said, “does it really matter”?
I thought about his response on the way home that day. As much as we want to know ‘how long we have’, the truth is, none of us knows.
And–surprise–you have NEVER known! Cancer clarifies how you live, but it really shouldn’t. We should live each day to the best of our ability, with whatever we have been given–good or bad. It’s all we have.
The apostle Paul says in Philippians chapter 4: (NIV version)
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.