Don’t Waste Your Cancer

February 22, 2006 — 3 Comments

One of the finest books I’ve ever read was John Piper’s Don’t Waste Your Life. It truly changed my life, and gave me a great appreciation for Piper’s other works. When I learned that John Piper had cancer, I was suprised, and almost excited. I know that sounds odd, but I was. See, some of the greatest people I know have had cancer, or know someone who has had cancer. It seems that wherever you turn, a relative has cancer. And they either rise to the top and conquer it, or they don’t make it. John Piper’s article, written on the eve of surgery, entitled “Don’t Waste Your Cancer” is something we all need to read as we live in America today. We will meet someone who will go through an experience like this.

And that’s the reason I was excited–I knew Piper would have some awesome and inspiring words about this trial given to him by God. Here’s a clip:

The design of God in your cancer is not to train you in the rationalistic, human calculation of odds. The world gets comfort from their odds. Not Christians. Some count their chariots (percentages of survival) and some count their horses (side effects of treatment), but we trust in the name of the Lord our God (Psalm 20:7). God’s design is clear from 2 Corinthians 1:9, “We felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.” The aim of God in your cancer (among a thousand other good things) is to knock props out from under our hearts so that we rely utterly on him.

Knock the props out from under our hearts…relying utterly on him…I think all of those who have gone through such an experience agree. God uses these times for His glory to make us rely on Him alone. I hope you will read this article, and pray for John Piper. And if you know a loved one or friend who has cancer, send them the link. I believe it will be a great encouragement to them.

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Tim Sweetman


Tim Sweetman is a young writer, blogger, and student who lives near our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. He has been much more widely known by his “code-name,” Agent Tim. This name also served as the name of his popular blog, which received over 750,000 visits between 2005 to 2007. In 2005, he quickly rose to become a leading teenage spokesperson and cultural critic within the booming blogosphere, taking on issues such as MySpace, alcohol, homeschooling, pride, racism, tolerance, and other topics relating to our culture today. His blog has come to the attention of people such as Albert Mohler, C.J. Mahaney, Alex and Brett Harris, and La Shawn Barber. Tim’s written work has appeared in Lifeway’s Living With Teenagers (February 2012), Lookout Magazine, FUSION Magazine, The Brink Online, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Virtue Magazine, Regenerate Our Culture Online Magazine, and on many other blogs and websites across the internet like Marry Well and the Lies Young Women Believe Blog. He has also been featured in WORLD Magazine, The Towers Magazine, and Maryland Newsline. He is scheduled to have an article appear in Veritas Magazine this December. Most recently, his work can be found on Focus on the Family’s Boundless Webzine. His personal interests include writing (surprise!) and sports, both watching and playing. He is a die-hard Washington Redskins fan.

3 responses to Don’t Waste Your Cancer

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  2. John Piper is amazing. I told my dad today to pick up his book “Don’t Waste Your Life”, because I’d heard it was really good. (I also told him to get Total Truth, because Agent Tim said it was awesome, and so it must be) :)

  3. Awesome article! This week my grandfather went through surgery for colon cancer, and another friend of my family went through surgery for brain cancer. This is a time my family and I must rely on God! Absolutely excellent!

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