Culture Rescue: The Healing Power of Love
- Thursday, December 13, 2012
To date, events at TCU football, baseball, volleyball, and women’s basketball games have raised more than $150,000 for the Greater Fort Worth Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a foundation that supports breast cancer research, screening and education. Just as important as the dollars raised, the Frogs for the Cure events help connect current breast cancer patients and their families with breast cancer survivors. These connections may lead to new friendships that become a source of love in the form of encouragement and support for breast cancer patients and their loved ones.
In 2010, singer/songwriter Tim Halperin, a TCU graduate who was active in the music ministry at Christ Chapel, the church Louden attended, volunteered to write a song for Frogs for the Cure. Although he had never personally experienced the challenges faced by a cancer patient, Halperin was inspired by Louden’s passion. Based on conversations with Louden, the only breast cancer survivor he had ever know, Halperin wrote the song “We Fight Back” in just five days. The remarkable song emphasizes the supportive community that works together to help those who face this disease. “We Fight Back” became so popular that the Komen organization adopted it as its national anthem of hope. Earlier this year, Halperin wrote a second song for Frogs for the Cure and “Cross That Line” was featured at this year’s football game. For both songs, Louden spearheaded the multi-faceted project of having music videos produced, filmed on the TCU campus and featuring breast cancer patients and survivors; TCU students, faculty and staff; and members of the wider community. Hundreds and hundreds of people joined together around this common purpose and you can watch the results here and here.
Louden, Halperin and others provide an outstanding example of Christians who, motivated by love, are blessing others and strengthening culture by bringing people together to love, encourage and support one another through battles with cancer.
Who is God calling you to love and how might you demonstrate that love? Pray that God would clearly show you the good work he has prepared in advance for you (Ephesians 2:10). What’s one action you can take this week to begin rescuing the cultures you are in?
Michael Lee Stallard speaks and teaches seminars on leadership, productivity and innovation at churches, businesses, schools and government organizations. He is president of E Pluribus Partners and the primary author of Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite Your Team’s Passion, Creativity and Productivity (Thomas Nelson).
Publication date: December 13, 2012
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