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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

"Don't Waste Your Deployment"


A favorite author, John Piper wrote a book called Don't Waste Your Life.  He has also written Don't Waste Your Cancer.  

I am trying to adopt the motto: "Don't Waste Your Deployment." Below is a summary of what Piper talks about in his books.  Obviously I have substituted a word or two.  

1. You will waste your cancer (deployment) if you do not believe it is designed for you by God.

2. You will waste your cancer (deployment) if you believe it is a curse and not a gift.

3. You will waste your cancer (deployment) if you seek comfort from your odds rather than from God.

4. You will waste your cancer (deployment) if you refuse to think about death.

5. You will waste your cancer (deployment) if you think that “beating” cancer (deployment) means staying alive rather than cherishing Christ.

6. You will waste your cancer (deployment) if you spend too much time reading about cancer (deployment) and not enough time reading about God.

7. You will waste your cancer (deployment) if you let it drive you into solitude instead of deepen your relationships with manifest affection.

8. You will waste your cancer (deployment) if you grieve as those who have no hope.

9. You will waste your cancer (deployment) if you treat sin as casually as before.

10. You will waste your cancer (deployment) if you fail to use it as a means of witness to the truth and glory of Christ.



<em>Don't Waste Your Life</em> [Book]


The night John left, I had about 45 minutes to wait for Emma to be finished with her music class.  So I had the other 4 children and we drove down to the beach to watch the sunset (from the car as it was very cold!) It was such a good reminder that this is the same sun that shines on Bagram and it is the same God that makes it rise and set.  In this midst of great turmoil, it gave me great peace to know that God was and is fully in control.   

Tomorrow John leaves the country.  I think this will be hard for me so I ask for special prayers.
Amy



2 comments:

Julie Whitman said...

Amy - You got it. Thanks for keeping this blog so that we can all pray more specifically for you, John, and your family. Julie

Julie Childs Buford said...

I know this day may difficult, but the good news is the countdown is ON! I am thankful for that part.

Love you all!!