October has been spent in the splendor of pink. The color and the month has been the backdrop to both increase awareness of Breast Cancer and to tell the stories of the courageous men and women who have the disease.
But now that October is down to a precious few days, the brightness of pink is about to fade. So the question is this: What happens to our awareness, our money and our compassion when the clock strikes November 1st?
Yes, many of us will be moving beyond pink when Breast Cancer awareness month ends in November. However, in November those with Breast Cancer will not be moving on from the ravages of the disease.
God’s Word in Jeremiah 29 provides clear guidance and hope for those who live every day with Breast Cancer.
God tells the captive Israelites in Babylon to do one thing during the challenges of bondage: “Prosper”
Despite their dire situation, God commanded His people to prosper. God specifically told them to prosper by:
- Building homes
- Planting gardens
- Having children
Despite the dire conditions of exile, God commands His children to prosper.
Despite battling the devastations of Breast Cancer, God commands His children with the disease to also prosper.
Therefore, in these days beyond the pink hue of October. God wants Breast Cancer patients, survivors and their families to:
- Prosper by: Going out and living our lives not as an exile but as a glorious open disciple for the Lord.
- Prosper by: Returning to work with renewed excellence at your chosen profession. Not as a victim of Breast Cancer but as a victorious child of God.
- Prosper with: A renewed faith that God’s promises will be met. And just like the Babylonians, we will be delivered, renewed and restored from Breast Cancer. If not in this life, the restoration will occur in the life to come.
As we move beyond a pink October of awareness, listen to Jeremiah 29:11 and let’s embrace God’s plans and command of prosperity for all of His children especially those combatting difficulties.
For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Live long and prosper Breast Cancer patients and survivors
…. Live long and prosper as we all move beyond the pink.