God bless you.
I thank God for my healing in progress from the life-threatening brain cancer, end-stage congestive heart failure and prostate cancer.
But I want to make it clear that I don't want God healing me for nothing. No. First, I intend to pay Him back. Yes, I don't want to just get and not give. I will pay God back by praying, preaching and praising better than I ever have.
Actually, I'm already doing those things while I'm being healed. What better way for me to show my thanks than to promote God and His Kingdom by urging people to seek Him while He can be found and to call upon Him while He is near and give Him His deserved glory.
Second, I don't want Him to heal me for doing nothing, either. Understand? I don't want to be heal just to sit and chill and selfishly and privately wallow in the thrills and frills of the healing. No, I want to be healed to get back out and enjoy life to the fullest and help make life better for others.
I get this idea from a good friend, Stan Ketcik. It was so excellent that I decided to share it with the rest of you and I want each of you to share back with the rest of us.
There is healing power in setting future goals and wishes for yourself. They fuel the drive to survive and thrive.
Here was Stan's comment:
Your journey of healing is inspirational!!! I have a suggestion. I think you should make a list
of interesting things that you would like to do for the next 15 to 20 years. The list would
consist of things you would like to do, places you would like to see, and goals that you woul
like to accomplish. I think that a list like that will help you on the road to recovery, and give you
a lot of specific things to look forward to on your road to healing. I look forward to seeing you
cover sports again, and reading your stories for many years to come. Have a phenomenal
Banks' response: Great idea, Stan! I love you mannnn! Great idea! Why didn't I think of that before? That kind of mindset fuels the survival instinct. Incentives. Visions. Aspirations. Hope. Yes, Stan, yes. I feel good about this. Here are some of my key plans and wishes for the future:
1. Get totalIy healed of my cancers and bad heart so that I can see all my doctors
shake their heads, grin and say, "Well I'll be doggone!"
2. Give (along with my wife) our daughters Noelle and Natasha away in marriage
3. Go to Hong Kong again, especially for a Chinese New Year's celebration
4. See all my grandchildren get baptized graduate from college
5. Retire with my mortgage paid
6. Take my wife Joyce to Rome for once
7. Move my aging mother-in-law either in with us or into a cozy apartment in a safe
8. Vacation in Vancouver
9. Get my weight back down to 200 pound without having sickness to do it
10. Live with Joyce in a retirement place where I don't have to worry about having
lawns cut and driveways shoveled and house painted, etc.
11. Help Barack Obama get elected President of the U.S.
12. See global warming reversed for my grandchildren's sake.
13. See world at peace
14. Help bring overpopulation under control
15. Tour China throughly
16. Pastor a good, small, strong Christian church
17, See my daughter Noelle and her son Caleb both get called to preach
18, Give my oldest daughter Nicole and her husband Larry a nice wedding
19. Joyce and me celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.
20. See Natasha get married to an educated, hard-working, mature, Christian,
faithful man and give Joyce and me another grandchild.
21, Never ever have to bury any of my children or grandchildren.
22. See Amercan government protect the rights of the American laborers and
citizens first and foremost.
23. Help scientists find a cure for cancer, AIDS and other diseases presently
So what are some of the things you would also like to do in the next 15 to 20 years?
God bless you