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September 10, 2016, 12:00 AM

Why I Am Not a Survivor


As a person who has faced medical trials in my life I have always, in a small way, resented the word “Survivor” when describing someone who has overcome something such as cancer or injuries such as  the "incomplete quadriperesis" I have received. It’s not the word usage so much. You can call me whatever you want and it usually doesn’t bother me. But there is an unforeseen danger in a “survivor” mentality the way it is often used today. We often associate it with just barely getting by; for example, “The disease was a battle, but I am a survivor,” or, "Oh life is rough but I am surviving."

When recovering from multiple traumas in my life, I didn’t want to be a survivor. I wanted to be a WINNER! I may not have always reached my goals, but I always set my goals higher than just surviving. Surviving was not enough. I had to expect more. I had to do many things with the time I had left; go on mission trips, play music, ride bike races and invest in the next generation, glorifying God in the process. To do that, I needed more than survival. I believed God when He said,

Ephesians 2:10
10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Many times, as we walk with God, we forget about this. Our walk takes a more selfish turn. We try to define ourselves and in the process we decide how and when and with what we will serve God. So we are not walking those prepared paths and we get tired, frustrated and end up just trying to survive. That is not who we were created to be. As we grow, we should become winners in Christ! Sin diminishes, our life produces Godly fruit and we lead by example. We are able, by our life of victory, to show people the two verses before verse ten…

Ephesians 2:8-9
8  For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
9  not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Life has stresses, we get behind and sometimes we even get off track. But if you find yourself in a long term rut, maybe you need to take a look at the race that you are running. God is with you, not against you! Maybe it is time to take a look and see if you are truly with Him…


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