In 2015, Emmy-winning television host, musician, and actor John Tesh was diagnosed with prostate cancer. It was an aggressive form and doctors only gave him 18-24 months to live. The news was devastating to Tesh, and he quickly gave up any hope of recovery. He turned to alcohol and prescription drugs to help ease his pain, convinced that his cancer diagnosis now defined him.
But God wasn’t done with the “Entertainment Tonight” alum yet. In fact, it wasn’t until Tesh returned to his faith, finding his identity in Christ, that things began to turn around for him.
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“The biggest change for me was … Romans 12:2, which is, ‘Be transformed by the renewing of your mind,'” Tesh explained in a recent interview. “It’s a very simple sentence.”
By renewing his mind, Tesh was able to see the truth—that God had a plan and purpose for his life, even in the midst of a terminal cancer diagnosis.
“God wants you well. It’s the other guy down below who really would like to kill, steal, and destroy,” Tesh noted, referencing the words of Jesus in the Book of John.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. – John 10:10 (NIV)
It has been seven years since the Grammy-nominated pianist and composer was first diagnosed, and although he has faced multiple cancer battles since, Tesh now lives his life with positivity and sense of purpose that can only come from a true relationship with our Lord.
“We changed what we listen to on the radio … what we watch on television, and just got focused on what led to healing and what led to purpose,” Tesh explained.
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