This morning I was walking through an upstairs hallway setting up recording for our morning services at PC3 when I get the push notification from Yahoo Sports. It read:

“ESPN anchor Stuart Scott, 49, dies after bout with cancer”

It stopped me in my tracks as my memories went all the way back to high school mornings and evenings watching Sportscenter. I waited to hear “cooler than the other side of the pillow” & booyah! come out of Scott’s mouth. I won’t go into why Stuart’s presence, incredible talent & perseverance changed sports broadcasting for ever. But I’ll say he paved the path for so many people and helped changed countless minds in regards to sports broadcasting and many other outlets.

Then after my emotions settled down a little I started to think of friends who I know right now dealing with cancer. I thought of Tim Morgan who serves along side of us as a volunteer FOH audio engineer at PC3. Tim battled cancer and beat it back to submission only to get the news that it creeped back up a few months ago. Tim is fighting strong with encouragement & love from fellow volunteers who have battled this nasty disease. Guys like David Brown who looks him in the eyes casino often and asks if he is going to fight this thing. David is not going to let Tim quit. It reminds me of Jimmy V’s famous 7 words.

Don’t give up, don’t ever give up. – Jim Valvano

Between chemo treatments, Tim finds the energy to make his way to a 7:00am call time on Sunday to mix for a congregation of over 5,000 people. Tim while battling cancer still finds time and the love to serve the people in his community in hopes that they experience Jesus. Tim inspires me each time I see him. And we pray each week that we continue to see him as he fights this disease with others and not alone.

We all have friends like Tim. Friends battling for their lives. Friends looking to give up. Family members ready to throw in the towel. Don’t let them! Be there for them. Love them. Care for them. Drive them places. Pick them up. Make them dinner. Listen to them. Be the shoulder they need to cry on. Cry with them. Be quiet with them. Pray with them. Volunteer with them. Bring over a movie and popcorn. Babysit for them. But the most important thing to do is to remind them: Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.

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