February 12, 2009

Rejoice in Suffering...even cancer?

Right now is a hard time in my good friend, cousin-in-law, and spiritual brother Jordan Minyard. On the first of the year, our two families went to the snow and to Truckee. On that day Jordan mentioned he had pain, as though he'd been kicked in his male part. 15 days later he had surgery and it was found to be cancer. Now, he has 3 cycles of chemo and a hard road ahead of him. And through this time, I have never been more encouraged by him and his trust and faith in God.

Romans 5:3-5 says, "...we rejoice in sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us."

I can't sum it up better than what the text says. I can only point to the fact that we need to be rejoicing in suffering. It will make the relationship with our great God so much better. I am encouraged by my brother Jordan. He has a faith in God through this really hard time in his life. His strength encourages me.

Praise God for Jordan.
Praise God for Hope.