Surviving Cancer on Purpose – Episode 246

Surviving Cancer on Purpose

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Rev. Percy McCray and Wayne Shepherd

Published: January 23, 2021

One should know that an unwavering belief or calling to a “purpose” that is higher than themselves can propel an individual to do amazing feats in their life and on behalf of others. Purpose is powerful and power can come from purpose.


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Show Notes:

Wayne Shepherd challenges host Rev. Percy McCray with the discussion of purpose, servitude, and cancer survival.

This discussion explores the idea of the intentionality of surviving cancer and how finding purpose through service to others may provide the inspiration to climb that mountain.

The spiritual principle driving this discussion is found in 1 Corinthians 15:57–58, which reads, “But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

Rev. McCray builds on the idea that “every one of us is on this earth to serve God. Let’s be very clear. We’re not here for any other reason, for any other purpose, and everything else is secondary to that. And usually serving Him means serving others in some way. When someone has been through something specifically like cancer, it can bring into focus what is most important in our lives.”

Rev. McCray also offers this challenge to think about: “God gives each of us a distinct purpose in life that involves sharing the love of God that we have received with others. No one wants to get cancer or go through any type of negative circumstance, but it could be that the experience and tools you get from this journey have multiplied your ability to effectively serve God and therefore to make a difference in serving the lives of others.”


  • “God made us to care.”
  • “Everything has a purpose attached to it.”
  • “There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, potentially. And it is not a train.”
  • “There are things only you can do that God has invested His giftings, His grace, and His ability in.”

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