Before November 2002, I was living a life like most of you. Married, with three children, I was living the typical American dream. But on the day I was told that I had an incurable form of cancer, my world changed in an instant. Learning to rely on God for all my needs became essential in this new journey as my faith was to be tested, stretched, and in the end, strengthened. It has taken a long time, but my core beliefs have evolved to the point that I now say, “I would never have asked for this cancer, but I would not give it back either!”
If you ask yourself, how could this guy say such a thing? Or, why would he not ask God to take this great tragedy away? Well, the answer lies in the fact that at some point in this journey, I realized that this disease was placed in my path in order to bring glory to God in new and different ways. The expectations that I had for my life were not the same as what God had in store for me. God definitely had a plan, and it was much bigger than anything I could have ever dreamed. His plan would not have been realized without a believer that was willing to trust and obey. It seems like I’ve heard that statement somewhere before, haven’t you? (“trust & obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey…”…Trust and Obey, 1887)
Well, as my life and beliefs have been molded these past years, I know that as Christians, we are here to be examples of “running the race” in His honor (Philippians 2:4). We do this so that we can demonstrate to the world that God’s faithfulness is a part of everything. God’s is faithful in life, prosperity, love, suffering, and yes, even in death. The motivation for Beautiful Feats Ministry began in the trenches. Not only was the cancer effecting my physical body, I was also dealing with financial pressures, changes in my professional life, and in family relationships.
Even though I did not always understand and many times, had doubts, God was being faithful to me in new and exciting ways. From the greatest to the smallest feat, God has never failed me. This is where He began in me the motivation to try and help others, so much like myself.
Over and over, I can attest to God’s provision in my life. He has been faithful to me. Even at times when I have found myself, literally crying out, “Where are you God?!” His blessings have come in the most unexpected ways. This is when God used ordinary people who became the hands and feet of Christ in ministry. There was no other explanation of what had happened, except that God had answered my cry. “I’m right here Frank.” Each person in the “blessing” would have fulfilled His commandment to love one another as He has loved us. (John 13:34)
To say that fighting Multiple Myeloma has been challenging would be an understatement. Fighting any illness is so much more than physical. Knowing that I will not grow old with my wife Peggy, or see my children marry, etc… is very painful to imagine. The loss of so many of “life’s goals” is devastating. But, I know full well that God’s plans are greater than my own. The loss of temporal things is nothing when compared to the opportunity that God has given me, well, given us all to impact this world for good.
Because of the immeasurable impact that this disease has had on me, I do believe that God gave me the vision, and the passion, for establishing Beautiful Feats Ministries as a way to extend His acts of compassion and faithfulness to others.
As Paul implores us in Philippians 2:4, “each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others”. There is a lot of work to be done, and we’d love your help!
Frank was married for over 19 years to Peggy, and they have 3 children: Chandler, Zachary and Chase. He was able to see his vision become a reality before going home to be with the Lord on April 29, 2009.