Edwin Cooper was famous across America, yet almost no one knew his real name. Coming from a family of circus clowns, Cooper began performing before audiences when he was just 9 yrs old.
After a stint with the Barnum & Bailey Circus, he became a fixture on television in the 1950s as Bozo, the Clown. In addition to entertaining both young & old, Cooper had a message for his “buddies & partners” - every week: get checked for cancer.
Yet Cooper was so busy working that he neglected to follow his own advice. By the time his cancer was discovered, it was too late for it to be treated. He died at just 41 yrs of age from a disease he had warned many others to watch out for.
Sin is far more deadly than the most aggressive & fast growing cancer. Sin kills & destroys everything it touches. When we regard sin as God does, we find nothing amusing or humorous about it. We will not make it the subject of the jokes we tell or those we hear. Seeing the price paid for our sin reminds us that it is no laughing matter.
- Reading Eagle. (ministry127.com)
“No, I keep on disciplining my body, making it serve me so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not somehow be disqualified.” – Paul (1Co 9:27 ISV).