FRIDAYS WITH FRED – 99.9% vs. 100%

“Fred, how do you do it? How do you have such peace and joy going through the challenges you are facing?

Four times in the past few days, this has been the question asked of me.

  • College students impacted in severely negative ways due to covid isolation called me in tears.
  • A high-level professional told me they have never been this depressed in their life.
  • A cancer fighter going through some extremely difficult times.
  • An adult who has no present pain; yet seeks to know Jesus in a profoundly positive way.

There is not an easy answer I can give to anyone who asks this particular question as there are so many layers to explain.

But for your time’s sake, I will cut to the chase as my experience gives me the confidence to answer briefly.

The number one thing cancer, the mean, dirty, unfair teacher, has taught me that even 99.9% commitment to Jesus Christ, Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, King of Kings, Lord of Lords is not enough. 100% all-in for the Lord Christ is the ONLY way I have discovered what St. Paul called the secret attitude of contentment.

My fantastic friend, Jacob Washburn sent me the attached video. It says it all. Far better than I can explain.

The reality for me is that I can hug my dog, Hope, hit a few golf balls, and still face a bone and a cat scan to determine the extent of cancer progression in me.

As Paul said, For me to live is Christ, to die is gain. 100% ALL IN is the profound answer to, “how do you do it, Fred?”