I recently read an account of General Robbie Risner describing the seven years he spent as a prisoner of war as “The essence of despair.” Risner was shot down in Vietnam and captured September 16, 1965 and held until February 12, 1973. He said, “If you could have squeezed the feeling out of the word despair, it would have come out lead-colored, dingy and dirty.” What is amazing to me is how he survived. He peeled the cover off a floor drain in his cell and lowered his head into the opening. There he noticed a solitary blade of grass, the only smidgeon of color in his colorless world. Calling it a blood transfusion for the soul, Risner began each day in PRAYER, lying on the floor of his cell with his head down the vent focused on the single blade of grass.
In Matthew 6:22-23, Jesus said that the eye is the lamp of the body. “So if your eye is sound, your entire body will be full of light. But if your eye is unsound, your whole body will be full of darkness.”
Let us then, as born-again believers, that have a second chance in this life, follow God’s instructions for kingdom living while still on this earth. Oh, what would happen to every dark thought that tries to exalt itself above God, if we would only be obedient to God’s road map to peace.
Our instructions are clear: “And set you minds and keep them set on what is above, (the higher things), not on the things that are on this earth.” (Colossians 3:2 Amplified)
Living the good life in Christ
Love to all,
P.S. See you Sunday…