Young cancer sufferer Stephen Sutton recently lost his battle at the age of just 19.

Whilst this an unimaginable tragedy for his family and friends, Stephen has left behind a remarkable legacy for one so young.

Despite his illness and having every excuse in the world for just giving up, he refused to become a victim, instead he set a goal of raising 10,000 pounds for cancer research.

Astonishingly, Stephen was able to utilise his positive attitude, infectious personality and social media prowess to raise well over 3 million pounds for charity.

In his own words, Stephen said, “I am so lucky and so fortunate to be here. My cancer has taught me a lot about life. All the clichés – not taking life for granted, blah, blah, blah. But being so close to death just reinforced all those feelings about making the most of what we’ve got.”

It’s so easy to make excuses for not maximising our brief time here on earth.

“I don’t have time.”

“I’m only one person.”

“I can’t be bothered.”

“What’s the point?”

I’m sorry, but there are no excuses for not living your best life.

If in 19 short years, Stephen can raise massive amounts of money and awareness whilst inspiring thousands of people around the world, then what can we call do in 30, 40, 50 or more years?

UK Prime Minister had this to say after hearing of Stephen’s death,

“He was determined not to waste a minute, not to waste an hour or a day, I can hardly think of anyone I have met with such a zest for life, with such a belief that you can get things done, and who wanted to live every minute. He was absolutely inspiring, he did extraordinary things for charity, and meeting him was a huge privilege.”

That’s a great compliment isn’t it?

Let me encourage you today to not waste a day, an hour or even a minute.

Take advantage of every opportunity to add value to the people around you.

Keep developing your skills so that you can become world-class at something.

Find something meaningful to do with your God-given talents and do it with all of your heart.

And when you feel tempted to slacken off, remember Stephen Sutton; an outstanding young man who, despite his circumstances, changed the world in the tragically short life that he had.

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