7 words.

Honest moment here. 

I love ESPN in the morning. I should probably be more productive and watch the news, but there gets a point where I get so sick of seeing the amount of wrong in the world that I just choose not too. 

ESPN had a bit of a touching moment. The ESPY’s were on, and they were honoring Stuart Scott. If you don’t know who that is, he is a sportscaster on ESPN Sports Center. Very popular, and I believe he has been there about 15 years. He was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2007. His disease went in and out of remission, but came back aggressive as ever in 2013. 

I know nothing of this man. I have read plenty about his journey and how he loves his family and such, but I never understood how someone can be so positive with such negative news. In his speech accepting his award, he shares something quite profound:

“I said, ‘I’m not losing. I’m still here. I’m fighting. I’m not losing.’ But I gotta amend that. When you die, that does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer, by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”

“So live. Live. And fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight, then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. That’s also very, very important. I can’t do this ‘Don’t give up’ thing all by myself.”

Wow. Bone chilling. He also continued by saying that he was in the hospital for 10 days. 7 surgeries in 10 days. Wow.I know that every day people suffer with several different kinds of illnesses, including what Stuart Scott has, but it’s okay. 

His message is what is the important part of this article. Never give up. There are going to be plenty of times where things just go wrong. His cancer came and went and came back. How can ANYONE have any form of faith after being tested so many times? Because he understood it was no longer about him, it was about the people he was getting ready to leave behind. 

It’s easy to die, but it’s difficult for the people who are left behind. They are the ones that have to deal with everything after the fact. Stuart Scott makes an excellent point, but it’s not only with cancer. You beat ANYTHING NEGATIVE, by how you life, why you live, and in the manner you live. The moment you decide to let whatever capture you, defeat you, and keep you down, that is when you lost. 

 “The most poignant seven words ever uttered in any speech, anywhere: ‘Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.’ “

Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up. Even when it’s tough, even when there is no hope, remember that there are a couple of things you can do. Pray and lean on those that you love. Because above it all, God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers. 

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