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· A Strong Vision: maturing in hope, part 1

· CHANGING DIRECTIONS, JUST A BIT

· More Than Conquerors, part 2

· More Than Conquerors, part 1

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· What Do You Want? An Egg In Your Beer?

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· If You Can Control Yourself In The Presence Of Many, then.....

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· The Blame Game

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Bethany’s Challenge: what a 12 year old can teach us about conflict/life
By Ernie R Heavin
Posted: Thursday, July 07, 2011
Last edited: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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“Bethany’s Challenge,” there is nothing random about it because it is something you have to do on purpose. And so I came to grips that day, that if a dying twelve year old could treat people, even mean people, nice on purpose, then I too would accept the “Bethany Challenge” myself for the rest of my life.


By Ernie Heavin

Bethany’s life lesson goes far beyond a random act of kindness, because in order to accept what many of us have deemed, “Bethany’s Challenge,” you immediately realize that there is nothing random about it, it has to be done on purpose. From the age of two, Bethany battled her cancerous foe, twice it going into remission. The odds of her cancer ever returning were now quite slim. If memory serves me correctly she had maybe a five or seven percent chance of having to endure a third tour of duty that demanded rigorous treatments and harsh side effects. While my family and I were vacationing at Disney World I received a call from her father, Richard. He just said two words, “It’s back,” and I knew another round of chemotherapy and sleepless nights was to start up all over again.

Bethany was now eleven, but she didn’t always act like a little girl. Yes, sometimes she was the typical kid, playing with her dolls or dog or getting excited over the first boy/girl birthday party she was going to attend, but at other times she was far advanced in her wisdom and ability to deal with the suffering. For example, one afternoon a most engaging theological discussion was occurring in my house between my then thirteen year old daughter, Valerie and Bethany. Bethany asked my daughter, “How do you think you would handle cancer if you had it?” Valerie was a bit taken back by the question and replied, “I don’t think I could do it? How do you do it?” Bethany smiled and said, “I figure I’m working for God and with my suffering can help others who suffer.” An eleven year old made that statement.

However, the most powerful and remarkable words she ever said were only shared after she passed away at the age of twelve. At her funeral, Bethany’s Sunday school teacher, Lesa, was able to speak a few minutes about her. Here is what we learned about a conversation between teacher and student and I think after hearing this story you will see who the real teacher and student is in this case. Bethany had lost all of her long beautiful hair because of her treatments to combat the cancer. Being an elementary student with no hair was not to be overlooked by some of the boys in her school who would make fun of her. Lesa was sharing how Bethany endured the embarrassing ridicule. “Miss Lesa”, she said, “Do you know what I do when those mean boys make fun of me because of my bald head? I decide to treat them nice on purpose!" From out of the mouth of babes came one of the most profound theological truths that Jesus taught,

“In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)

“Bethany’s Challenge,” there is nothing random about it because it is something you have to do on purpose. And so I came to grips that day, that if a dying twelve year old could treat people, even mean people, nice on purpose, then I too would accept the “Bethany Challenge” myself for the rest of my life.
  

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Ernie R Heavin



World 1 & World 2, a study of 1st Peter

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Grace With Skin On It/Grace With Power

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Are You In The Transformation Mode? Jesus Then and Now

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