You’re in a win-win playoff

1 Corinthians 15:26
“The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” (NIV)

Today’s Thought
He was a 30 year-old truck driver. His future was ahead of him and it was all smooth sailing.


As Billy Graham tells it, one day while driving he started to get pains in his chest. He went to the hospital and soon found out that a malignant tumor was wrapped around his heart.

It was complicated to say the least. But through the treatment and surgery his attitude amazed the doctors and nurses at the University of Michigan. In the midst of what would make many people crumple on the floor, he was incredibly positive.

Despite the tubes, pills, needles, procedures and set-backs.

Apparently the size of the hope IN his heart was bigger than the tumour wrapped AROUND his heart.

They asked him how he could have such a great attitude even though he was in the midst of a life and death battle with cancer. So he told them about his faith in Jesus. Even still, they didn’t hold out much hope and said that only a miracle could save him.

He looked at them and said: “Docs, I’m in a win-win play-off. If I live I win. If I die I win.”

What an attitude!

A short while later he died. But did he? Wasn’t his death just his life getting a capital L?

Today, with whatever you’re dealing with, just remember that everything you see isn’t everything there is to see.

God is bigger than your problems. And although that doesn’t make your problems go away, it does remind them that they’re supposed to be in the trunk and not in the driver’s seat.

Remember, you’re in a win-win playoff.

Live like it.

By Matthew Ruttan

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