It’s Just My Turn; I’ll Go – Episode 251

It’s Just My Turn; I’ll Go

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Rev. Percy McCray

Published: February 27, 2021

When being faithful to a worthy cause comes back to attack you, what do you do?


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Show Notes:

Host Rev. Percy McCray, who was diagnosed with stage I colon cancer in July 2019, shares his journey of becoming a “member of the [cancer] team.”

Rev. McCray acknowledges that he was not surprised or angry when diagnosed with cancer. “I’ve been in a dress rehearsal and practicing for this moment for 24 years,” he says. “I actually accepted this as being part of the purpose and the plan and the pathway for me from a ministry perspective.”

In this episode, Rev. McCray shares that he said to God, “This is probably what should be happening to me because I have been very vehement and outspoken as a cheerleader about cancer and treatment and being faithful and being hopeful. And so then, now it’s my turn.”

Rev. McCray emphasizes the need to pay attention to your body and the importance of getting recommended screenings, such as a colonoscopy. He also discusses how, for people of faith, a cancer diagnosis can add to the purpose in one’s life.

“The big takeaway for me [believing that God is using cancer for His purpose], buoyed me,” he says. “It empowered me. It made me fearless and courageous as a lion.”


  • “I started officially walking the talk—instead of talking the walk!”
  • “I never had a moment of mental or emotional failure or even fear, but I had to come to a conscious acceptance of this reality now is my reality.”
  • “I first started out [informing others of my diagnosis] by communicating to a very small circle of family and friends strategically.”
  • “I am now taking cancer as kind of a badge of honor that is propelling me into a different consciousness of who I am and how I choose to be with people around me.”
  • “One of the things that I knew firsthand is that cancer patients do not need to be inundated with other people’s negative dynamics.”
  • “Percy, are you going to be that guy [an overcomer despite cancer]? Or are you just going to pretend to be that guy?”

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