by Bill Leonard
Jimmy Carter was president of the United States. Jimmy Carter has built Habitat for Humanity dwellings for 33 years. Jimmy Carter led the Carter Center in eradicating much of the Guinea worm plague in West Africa. Jimmy Carter is a (mostly) unashamed Baptist. Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday school at the Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga. Jimmy Carter has cancer.
Yet in announcing that he had contracted that dire emblem of mortality, and that it had spread throughout his body, the 90-year-old insisted that he would only “adjust” his schedule accordingly. An adjusted schedule is the most accommodation cancer is going to get from Jimmy Carter.
…Carter writes that throughout his long life, his Christian faith has “provided the necessary stability,” then adds: “Come to think of it, stability is not exactly the right word, because to have faith in something is an inducement not to dormancy but to action. To me, faith is not just a noun but also a verb.” Perhaps that’s why he’ll work the cancer into his schedule, still hoping to work on another Habitat house in Nepal this November. For the ex-president-Sunday-school-teacher, faith, not cancer, remains the verb. Now and forever more. Amen