Today I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. I guess I could say, "I am a diabetic." I could. But I refuse.
There are many true statements I could make to define myself-- I am a Christian. I am a husband. I am a father. I am a brother. I am an uncle. I am a friend. I am a Pastor. I am African-American. I am Korean. I am an American. All of these labels are a part of me. They help define who I am. I wear them proudly.
The same does not go for Diabetes. I will not wear it's label nor let it define me. It is a disease. It's something I'll have to deal with. A momentary setback.
With medication, healthy diet and exercise along with the love, encouragement, prayers and support of my friends and family, I am going to kick Diabetes' butt!
So, Diabetes, get ready. You've got a fight coming the likes of which you've never seen. We've got this. If you see me shaking, it won't be because I'm afraid but probably be from low blood sugar. Which is easily fixed. If you've got "dukes", Diabetes, put 'em up 'cause here we come!
More than conquerors
What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:31–39 (NIV84)
Rob Brower is the Student Minister at Mountain View Church in Tumwater, WA where he lives with his wife and three kids.