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Topic: Evangelism (11/01/07)
TITLE: Tell It Like It Is
By Ruby Harris
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I didn’t ask God for healing from the cancer, but ask him to remove from me the things that would prevent me from being healed. As I confessed the things to God that needed to be removed, He filled me with such joy that I never felt better in my life, I went through the chemo and radiation for my girls. They couldn’t understand that I didn’t feel that I needed it anymore. But, I used the visits to make friends, share poems and tell everyone that my God had done a wondrous thing in me.
I worked after taking chemo using three days for the treatment, the shot I had to take the next day and then giving myself one day and the week end to recover. God was so gracious to me and the doctor had everything figured down to every detail on how to handle nausea and tiredness. I drove my self to radiation treatments every day after working the first six and a half hours. I had opportunity after opportunity to share what God had done for me and to do it with a smile.
Person after person told me that I never looked sick and my color stayed good. I did not lose any weight during the chemo and my doctor had warned me not to. He said that was the worst thing I could do. Apparently my treatment was figured on weight and it turned out to be no problem what so ever.
At work when I would be on the elevator and someone would get on really frowning, I would ask, “Are you having a bad day?” and it always got a response. To that I would reply, “Would you like to go with me to chemo today?” Boy, what a change came over their face. All of a sudden they seem to realize they weren’t having such a bad day after all.
Some times they would take time to talk to me and I would always give God the glory for being with me and keeping me going. He was the focus of the conversations I had. I never claimed to have cancer; I just told them the doctor said I had it. I didn’t want to claim it as belonging to me. The poems I wrote during this time were shared with other patients, doctors, nurses, receptionists, lab workers, and were even distributed in the hospital by the ones who read them. It was a glorious time for me. Even in the times the pain was really bad, I still had to praise God that I was able to be up and on my feet and still not giving in to it.
To me, this is what evangelism is about. If people took the time to talk, I would share God in any way that I could. I have talked to the ones depressed, sick, aggravated and tired, and those who were losing hope. I encouraged them to never give up and trust in God. He is the God of our salvation. This is what evangelism is: Giving Hope to people in whatever situation they are facing and making sure they know the eternal rewards for serving God and trusting in him.
I shared this attitude at work, at the doctor’s office, hospital, grocery store, Sunday school class, and on the phone with friends and family. So many people couldn’t believe that anything was wrong with me. But, that may be true; for I fully believe my God healed me and allowed me to go through this to see what I would do with it. I used it to Evangelize. Evangelism is sharing God.
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