NOT HOW LONG, BUT HOW WELLMar 03, 2022 2022-02-28 21:44
NOT HOW LONG, BUT HOW WELL
NOT HOW LONG, BUT HOW WELL
Read: Psalm 90:1-17
“So, teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).
I first learnt of Jane Marczewski, whose stage name is Nightbirde when I watched her perform her original song titled: ‘It’s OK’ on ‘America’s Got Talent’ (AGT). When asked about the inspiration behind the song, she said it was based on the happenings of her life within the last year. Turns out, this young lady was battling terminal cancer which had spread to her lungs, spine, and liver. And she had been given a two percent chance of survival. I recall weeping as I watched her on that stage.
It was not just her battle with cancer that made me weep, although that was tough to hear. Nor was it her display of strength in showing up on the AGT stage, whilst battling with a debilitating disease as cancer. It was her sheer gratitude and positivity in the face of such hopelessness and pain that really got to me. As she stood on that stage looking frail from all that she was going through, she said the following words: “It is important that everyone knows I’m so much more than the bad things that happened to me”. “You can’t wait till life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy”. I have been given a 2% chance of survival, but 2% is not 0%, that is something, and I wish people know how amazing that is”. And she said these words with the most amazing smile.
I checked online to learn more about her. I learnt that she had battled cancer for some years now and her husband had left her in the face of her battle with the disease. Sadly, Nightbirde passed on a few days ago (Feb 19th). She was 31 years old. Her life was short, but she touched millions of people across different continents with her song, courage, and message of faith. I learnt profound lessons from her life and story. Firstly, it’s not how long we live that counts but how we touch the lives of others in our journey through life. Also, there is always something left to hold on to and be grateful for, amid the loss, pain, chaos, or adversity we experience in life. Nightbirde taught us all that there’s always a 2% left that we can be grateful for no matter what life throws at us. And 2% is not 0%, it is something”.
IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye
Have you asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart?
He says in Mathew 11:28, “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He longs to give you rest.
Would you like to do so now? Here’s a prayer you can say:
Dear Jesus, I believe that You died to save me from all my sins. Today, I invite you into my heart and I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Please forgive all my sins and help me to live my life for You.
If you prayed this prayer, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to pray with you personally and send you a copy of my book; ‘Living the Life’ to encourage you as you begin your new life in Christ.
I look forward to hearing from you.