I love the I Am Second videos, and I just watched one that figure skating legend Scott Hamilton did about seven months ago. His is a remarkable story from having a mysterious disease as a child that stunted his growth to being diagnosed with testicular cancer that forced him into retirement to being diagnosed with a brain tumor which was discovered he had since birth. It was that very tumor that caused the mysterious illness.
“I am who I am because of that brain tumor.” If he were taller it would likely not have seen the success he had on the ice. The brain tumor was removed, but then came back six years later. He said he has learned in this life that “the only true disability is a bad attitude.” He said with Jesus he knows he can get through anything.
With my son’s bout with cancer we’ve learned that as well, and with my recent job loss it just brings to life what I’ve read over and over again in Philippians something the apostle Paul realized by experience as well:
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me, (Philippians 4:11-13, ESV).
Jesus will give me and my family strength, just like He gave Scott Hamilton strength. He is more than able as Paul encouraged the Church in Philippi that, “God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 4:17, ESV).
So we believe that? It’s a promise.
Here’s Scott’s testimony, it’s about 10 minutes long, but encourage you to watch the whole thing. It’s worth it.