Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Fight

You’ve seen the ads and heard the speeches, stories, and testimonies. Men and women who accepted the news of their cancer and decided to fight it. Those much loved souls that have moved on after losing their battle with a disease. There is no doubt that a serious illness can put people through a lot of pain and hardship. It’s a scary thing to accept that your life is threatened by a flaw in your own body. That being said, I still have never understood the battle metaphor.
Does a sick person have a choice to fight this battle? Any more than a healthy person does?
Is disease a conscious call to adventure? Or are you just roped into the battle?

Could it just be an involuntary battle between mutated cells and the immune system?
Is there a psychological meaning to this metaphor?

When someone dies, who am I to say that they lost the battle?
Is it possible to win or lose when it comes to faith?

I am in no place to judge people, even when their earthly selves have died. But I guess the conclusion that I have come to is this: winning the fight is keeping health, fitness, and well being. It’s the difference between life and death and good health is easy to take for granted. Ceasing to take care of your body and in a way giving up just goes against everything we’ve been taught to value about life. I am still not in favor of referring to a dead person as having lost their battle. In the end I do believe that God has a plan for each of us.

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