Wednesday, January 28, 2009

More letters & papers from prison...

Bill Dallas was a very successful real-estate entrepreneur who went to prison for five years after he embezzled funds. Not content with what he had, he wanted more. You & I are never like that right?!

Bill's life was dramatically transformed while in jail & he offers some reflections in his new book, LESSONS FROM SAN QUENTIN Everything I Needed to Know about Life I Learned in Prison

It sounds like something Paul would have understood all too well. The roots of Dallas' greatest failure became the seeds of transformation through suffering. (I think that's in the Bible somewhere too!)

Not all who suffer are in sin.

We are meant to embrace our suffering, whether it is brought on by our own choices or thrust upon us through circumstances. Choose to persevere & seek God in the midst of it.

What challenge or trial have you been avoiding, denying, running from, or covering up? What is God saying to & asking of you at this time?

What is your San Quentin?

Suffering widens our souls. Billy Graham

Hebrews 10:32-39
Remember those early days after you first saw the light? Those were the hard times! Kicked around in public, targets of every kind of abuse—some days it was you, other days your friends. If some friends went to prison, you stuck by them. If some enemies broke in and seized your goods, you let them go with a smile, knowing they couldn't touch your real treasure. Nothing they did bothered you, nothing set you back. So don't throw it all away now. You were sure of yourselves then. It's still a sure thing! But you need to stick it out, staying with God's plan so you'll be there for the promised completion.

It won't be long now, he's on the way; he’ll show up most any minute. But anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust; if he cuts and runs, I won't be very happy. But we're not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We'll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way.


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