A Life Shorn of Fearful Caution

Tony Snow finished his job as White House press secretary last Wednesday. Snow, who wrote the article “Cancer’s Unexpected Blessings” for CT in July, announced earlier this summer he was stepping down.

A report in the September 13 Washington Post observed:

Battling a recurrence of cancer, Snow looks more haggard these days, his hair thinning and his face gaunt. But as he leaves for what he says are financial reasons, he seemed genuinely nostalgic, calling the job “the most fun I’ve ever had.”

“I’ll miss it,” he said in a tone that, unlike most press secretaries on their last day, suggested he really meant it. “I love these briefings.”

But Snow has made optimism and positive energy in the face of adversity a trademark and plans to speak and write on his struggles with cancer. “Life will continue,” he said, “including for me.”

Snow is a Christian gentleman who deserves our admiration and prayers. Beyond these, he deserves our attention. As he eloquently wrote in his CT article:

The moment you enter the Valley of the Shadow of Death, things change. You discover that Christianity is not something doughy, passive, pious, and soft. Faith may be the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. But it also draws you into a world shorn of fearful caution. The life of belief teems with thrills, boldness, danger, shocks, reversals, triumphs, and epiphanies.

May Christ continue to grant Tony Snow–and the rest of us–a faith-filled life shorn of fearful caution.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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