Last night as we were studying Romans 5, the leader asked us a question about grace. We further discuss that even just getting up in the morning, we should be grateful already.
I had a liver transplant back in '91. I still remember being in the ward with other kids who had liver transplant as well. There couldn't be anymore than 4-5 of us. I was the oldest one in the ward (I was 11). Since I was little, I never gave too much thought about death or the odds of me surviving.
The transplant technology was still new back then and many suffered complications afterwards. I knew two kids didn't made it b/c their body was too weak to accept the organ.
There was one kid that came from South America. He had a liver transplant plus a kidney transplant. In fact, they implanted a third kidney to keep him alive. Sadly to say, he didn't made it either.
Just recently, as I reflected on the past, I started to realize how fortunate I am to be alive. I've seen a lot of negativity on getting old. One day is one day closer to death.....
I look at it the other way.
I should have been six feet underground when I was 11. If it's not for God's grace to come down and save my life, I wouldn't be here. Each day is a bonus. Waking up in the morning is a gift.
There are a lot of people sick and dying in the hospital. I am sure a lot of them hope they can just be normal and healthy.
Whenever my perspective focus on job/promotion/money. I tend to forget about all the things that matter to me.
Just before the finish line at Half Ironman Canadian. I finish strong. Nice and relax.
Next year I will be doing an Ironman. Ironman USA. July 22, 2007. To look back and acknowledged that I once had cancer. I was saved and brough back to live despite how I don't deserve this gift. I no longer have a Sunday School definition on grace. I have an answer that is dear in my heart.
I have a strong desire to do more than just the Ironman...so far I haven't given deep thought about this. Whether it will be raising money to fight cancer, raise awareness of organ transplant...something will be done.
Please sign a donor card. Without someone generous to donate their organs, I wouldn't be here today.
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