Monday, June 27, 2011

Every Day is a Gift!

On May 20th, 2011 I had BRAIN SURGERY to remove a malignant form of brain cancer from the frontal lobe of my brain! The day before my beloved wife Kathy who is a nurse took me to the Emergency Room because I was having symptoms that concerned her (headache, disorientation, etc.) - and a few hours later they opened up my head like a can-opener!

The crazy thing is ... I felt better the day after surgery than I had in a month - and my physical recovery has been very good. I'm walking, talking, and enjoying time with my family. The reality is ... while the doctor thinks he got most of the tumor - there were areas of the tumor he could not completely remove - and the pathology report was sobering when it confirmed that my tumor was a Gioblastoma - Grade 4. We are following up with a focused treatment plan of radiation and chemotherapy to attempt to put any remnants of this cancer into remission.

As I have reflected on my experience with brain surgery and this cancer diagnosis - one of the the things that has become clear to me is:

EVERY DAY IS A GIFT!

I've officiated at funerals where a loved one unexpectedly died with no time to communicate things they really wanted to with their family. In my case, my diagnosis is sobering - but I've already had five weeks of time to tell stories, sing songs, take pictures, and say things to my family and others that a deeply important! (The picture at the beginning of this post was taken on June 25th at Lake Wawasee - five weeks after my surgery! The staples in my incision have given way to a little scar - but other than that and the short haircut the surgeon gave me - I look and act pretty "normal" for now!)

I feel like I've experienced my first healing already - surviving brain surgery - and I'm grateful! I'm planning to live a bit longer in this body - but someday it will fail me. I'm OK with that. I am not defined by my body. I am a child of God, made in His image - a spirit - and my journey is ultimately going to end up in His presence - where ultimate healing occurs! I'm in no hurry to get there - but I have a hope that will last forever! So either way, I win!

My commitment now, is to live every day for His glory - to honor my calling as a bond-servant of Jesus - and to honor my covenant marriage with my wife Kathy. By his grace, I plan to do that every day I have the breath of life in me!

Every Day is a Gift ... and I'm thankful!






Stan R. Buck


A Post-Script about This Blog:

I've called this blog "Windsights" because of my love for sailing and my realization that my role in life is to "adjust" to the presence of God's Spirit (pneuma - the "wind" of God). When I sail, I can't tell the wind which direction to blow, but when I "adjust" my sails to the wind - I have the power to move forward. So now, I'm doing some "adjusting" in my life - to respond to what God's Spirit is doing in me.

I may not post a lot more on this site. Prior to my surgery I was making a move to a new blog site: www.stanbuckonline.com Feel free to visit there as I plan to offer some more of the insights and lessons I'm learning from this experience.

I have also created a Caring Bridge site for family and friends to follow my medical journey. You can find that here! (http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/stanbuck)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

St. Patrick Didn't Drink Green Beer!


This week we will honor a great missionary ... in an odd way!

St. Patrick was so passionate about sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ that he returned to Ireland, where he had been captured into slavery as a youngster - you can learn about about his real story here.

Here is a guy that took risks - and boldly proclaimed the truth of God's amazing grace!

I still find it odd that a tradition has developed in our country to celebrate the life of a great missionary by consuming large quantities of green beer!

Now, I'm not trying to "kill the fun" of St. Patrick's Day - but I would encourage you to join me and "take some risks" to share the news of God's amazing grace with the people you are around on St. Patrick's Day! (Even if they've consumed large amounts of green beer!)

Let's go from "green" to "grace" this year!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!





Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Fat Tuesday

Today is "Mardi Gras" (Fat Tuesday)

A lot of people are sinning today ... before "repenting" tomorrow. (Ash Wednesday)

This doesn't make sense to me. It made no sense to the Apostle Paul either:

Romans 6:1-2:


"What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?

By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?"



Instead of "sinning more" to be "forgiven more" - I wonder ...

... what would happen if we served more, gave more, lived more?


Tomorrow we begin a Spiritual Journey of WONDER: 40 Days of Generosity!


Join us! (www.40DaysofWonder.com)








Sunday, March 06, 2011

A 40-Day Spiritual Journey

We are preparing for a 40-day spiritual journey at Sonrise. We believe God is going to do a great thing in our midst. Our journey begins this week on Ash Wednesday (March 9, 2011) and will continue through Palm Sunday (April 17, 2011).

You can learn more about this journey and subscribe to daily blog posts here.

Join us ...

“Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him."

- Matthew 3:3 (NIV)


When God transforms a person, he often does it over 40 days:

- Noah had his life transformed by 40 days of rain.

- Moses was transformed by 40 days on Mount Sinai.

- Joshua& Caleb were changed by 40 days in the Promised Land.

- The city of Ninevah was transformed by 40 days of repentance.

- Jesus was empowered by 40 days in the wilderness.

- The Disciples spent 40 days with Jesus after his resurrection.

What about you?

Wonder what God could do in these 40 Days to transform your life?


"Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.

Then you will know what God wants you to do’” – Romans 12:2


www.40DaysofWonder.com


Friday, February 25, 2011

The Budget Picture


I've previously posted my thoughts about "Government Math"

Here is a picture of what the proposed federal budget looks like:


For a detailed explanation of this graph - go here.

I'm still praying for our President and our nation's leaders! There will be a lot of "noise" in the coming days about this issue - and a lot of "heat" in the rhetoric. I'm praying there will also be some "light" in the discussions.

We need a sustainable plan to steward our resources wisely as a nation! (This is true at every level: federal, state, local, & PERSONAL!)

Monday, February 21, 2011

President's Day Prayer

On this "President's Day" we see on the news that Libya is "on fire" ... US citizens are being held by Somalian pirates ... a government "contractor" is being held in Pakistan being charged with murder ... Congress is dealing with significant budget challenges ... and those are only a few of the things we know - our President is expected to deal with each. I disagree with President Obama's policies on many fronts ... but it must be an overwhelming job on days like this ... what can I do today that would be constructive? I could give my opinion or complain but one of the best things I can do is obey scripture and pray! So I will ...

LORD JESUS,

I pray for President Obama to have wisdom from your Spirit. Give him courage to lead ... wise counsel from those surrounding them ... protect him and his family ... surround him with your amazing grace! AMEN!


1 Timothy 2: 1-10 (The Message)

"The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live. He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned:that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus,who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out.This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth.Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray—not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God. And I want women to get in there with the men in humility before God, not primping before a mirror or chasing the latest fashionsbut doing something beautiful for God and becoming beautiful doing it."

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Problem with Government Math

Government Math doesn't work!

In coming days there will be much discussion and debate about the "budget" for OUR government, and since I help "fund" this budget personally (along with any of the rest of you that pay taxes), I would really like to know that the people proposing and approving this government budget were good at math. Apparently there are not!

Our president's new budget proposes a "freeze" on spending that went UP by 20% last year. That means this proposal is that we continue to spend 20% more than we did just two years ago - which only adds more to our "deficit" and our national debt! Though a bit dated, this video illustrates well the problem with this kind of thinking!

These numbers only add up to more problems ... not more solutions!

WE are spending ourselves into a crisis! Somebody, please take the credit cards away! We need leaders who will lead! WE must be prepared to demand less of government, not more.

Some apparently believe the way to "solve" this is to raise taxes even higher. I propose we spend less! If there was any evidence that additional tax revenue would be carefully and efficiently managed by OUR government, I might be "open" to that - but I see no such evidence!
I am prepared to take less in entitlements (Social Security, Medicare, Etc.). I understand we can't live on money we don't have! If our elected leaders don't get that, I suggest we elect others who do. (In the meantime, let's require government officials to take "Math 101" again!)

It's time for leaders to lead! PLEASE!