Published on February 14th, 2012 | by djprophetic


Like a Champion

Like a Champion


If you’re like me, you have to sift through documents every few months just to maintain sanity. I am convinced that someone is secretly feeding my papers hormones so they’ll grow exponentially. On this particular reorganization binge- I found something that made my eyes swell up.

I went to Stockdale High School in Bakersfield, CA- a moderately sized school- about 2,200 students. As a freshmen- it was easy to get lost in the fish-tank of students but by senior year (if you played your cards right) you were dictating crowd-control. Through the years- I saw faces come and go but one face in particular always caught me. It was a champion’s. Chris Champion’s- a buddy that I had met in one of my classes. Going into his senior, he was diagnosed with cancer.

By graduation- his cancer had crippled him to a wheel chair and left him hairless. I saw Chris wheeling to class, always surrounded by people and always radiating a big-beaming smile. Chris persevered through his senior year with grace- becoming Prom King and graduating with honors. You could ask Chris how he was doing and he found a way to twist things around and ask how you were doing. Chris left Bakersfield to attend college at Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo with a major in Mechanical Engineering.

While at school- Chris’s condition escalated. He was brought back to San Joaquin Hospital in Bakersfield, CA. My mom was a nurse there and she would call me so I could speak with him on the phone. I would pray with him and ask him how he was- but Good Ol’ Chris- always found a way to turn it back on me. My mom called me one day so I could speak with Chris- I reassured him and we prayed together. A few months later- he passed away. Just 7 months earlier, Chris’s father had also passed away from cancer- leaving his mother, sister, and brother.

Finding Chris’s obituary brought tears to my eyes- not only because I knew his physical struggle, but because I knew his emotional depth. See, Chris had a strong relationship with Christ and a heart stronger than cancer’s effects. He truly was and is a Champion- a fighter, an overcomer, and a winner.  His favorite bible quote described how he lived his life. Romans 15:13- “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust Him.”

Take some time today to think about how you can be a champion- irrespective of your situation.


-Nathaniel Simons

Co-Founding Encourager (C.F.E) of Being Encouraged

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