Tonight, I got a phone call from my friend, Lewis Sport. On top of being one of the nicest guys I know, he’s also one of the most inspiring. Lewis and his wife have a five-year-old son named Tavi who has been battling Leukemia for the past two years. Here’s a picture of Tavi at his Fifth Birthday Party. He’s definitely the World’s Most Courageous Pirate!
This family is so inspiring not just because of what they’re going through, but because of how they’ve chosen to respond. Instead of letting this daily struggle bring them down, they’ve chosen to trust God, lean on each other and look for opportunities to bring hope to others during this trial. For instance, Tavi often visits a friend of the family who is battling breast cancer and on his latest visit he encouraged her with the words, “Stay Strong!”
Even in the midst of his own pain, this remarkable young man is giving strength and hope to others.
Tavi and his family are able to stay strong, because they’re relying on a strength that can only come from God. They’ve made a decision to trust God no matter what! They know that even though we live in a broken world, we serve a Perfect God who will one day set all things right, and in the meantime, they can cling to His Promises which include these:
“For I know the plans I have for you declares the LORD; plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
“And we know that God works everything together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes.” Romans 8:28
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:2-3
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
If you are going through a difficulty in your life right now, whether it’s Leukemia, or Divorce, or hardship of any kind, I pray that you will rely on the same Loving God that has brought so much Peace and Strength to Tavi and his family.
For all of you, I ask that you join me in praying for this amazing family. Pray for Tavi’s healing, pray for the family’s strength and pray that God would use their trial to bring strength to them, Glory to Himself and inspiration to millions around the world!
I’ll close with Tavi’s own words from a recent prayer…“God is Great, God is Good, God, please help me feel better, because I love you.”