Dear Windermere friends and family,
Week 49 – How not to survive
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
I saw the movie Hacksaw Ridge this week. It is the story of Desmond Doss, a World War II conscientious objector. Doss refused to carry a gun and take lives based on his devote religious convictions. He wants to serve as a medic. Though criticized, persecuted and doubted, he eventually proves himself a true hero. In one of the bloodiest battles of the war, the Battle for Okinawa, Desmond rescues 75 wounded soldiers over the course of 12 hours. He would drag each one to the edge of the ridge and lower them by rope one by one. Later President Truman awarded him the Medal of Honor.
If you have seen the movie then I am sure you were thinking like me – how in the world did he survive?
When I think about the Christian life, I often recall Galatians 2:20. The Christian life is not about survival. It is not about doing your best to become a “good Christian.” It is about Lordship. By Lordship I mean – letting God have full control of your life. In my opinion, Desmond Doss sought to make Christ the Lord of his life. His story is about how NOT to survive.
Windermere can and should do its best to be as good a camp and conference ministry as possible. But, Windermere’s future is not about survival…it is about letting God have complete control. How does that happen? Here are three ways for Windermere “not to survive:”
1. Have faith in God and not ourselves – We must understand the value in placing trust in God because we know our limitations. When we put our trust in our own abilities there is burn out and stress. When we put our faith in Christ we can do all things. (Phil 4:13)
2. Be willing to stand alone – When one doesn’t have to survive, that person chooses the right decision even if it is unpopular. It is my experience that others notice
when you are willing to take a hard stand. People will follow that determination.
3. Rely upon the Lord’s power and strength – God gives selfless people amazing supernatural power. That is what makes the difference. Jesus used a small group of 12 unimpressive men to change the world.
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John W. Bailey
Office 573-346-5200 Ext. 2611
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