REAL MAN MINISTRY (week 24)

 

NEVER QUIT lesson 1 and 2

“Winners are not those who never fail, but those who NEVER QUIT.”

That’s what it says on the cover of this book I’m reading called, yep, you guessed it, ”Never Quit” by Ed Cole. I love reading this type of literature because it serves as a foundation in which I can build my life upon and compare my experiences to.

This book talks about ”The Crisis of Adversity.” Crisis generally makes people want to give up and quit,which is one of the worst decisions a person can make. However, those who face crisis and overcome it, are usually the most successful of people.

Crisis is a normal part of life, we all face it. My objective is to make decisions based on principle rather than emotion in times of crisis.

For example, not too long ago I took it upon myself to scrub the dog kennels that are located outside of my living unit. I’m doing a good thing, minding my own business, when along comes some inmate who thinks he owns everything.

He tells me I’m not allowed to use the hose. I tell him that I got permission and that the Officer is the one who got the hose out for me.

He tells me the Officer is an idiot and doesn’t know what he’s doing.

I suddenly find myself in a crisis. What do I do?
I have plenty of options.

Crisis can be a great teacher and lead us to a better life, or it can be detrimental and destructive. The nature of the issue is not nearly as important as how we deal with the issue.

Back in the day I might’ve sprayed dude with the hose and told him to get lost. How do you think that would’ve turned out?

These days my mind is renewed with the Spirit of Christ. My old way of thinking is dead. Through massive prayer and meditation I’m always ready to face a crisis in a manner that is consistent with the fundamental teachings of Jesus Christ.

So I simply asked the guy, ”should I put the hose away?”
He said, ”Yes. You can get it out after 6pm.”

So I rolled up the hose and handed it to dude. He took it to the Officer and told him that the hose is to remain locked up until 6pm.

I ended up lugging two 5 gallon buckets of water from the water spicket to the kennels until all the soap was rinsed away. I did my part and was obedient to Gods commands. And He did his part and kept me safe from a potential disaster.

Prison life is one big long crisis. It’s always one thing after another. It never ends. That’s why it’s crucial that I embrace Christ. He helps me overcome any and all crisis.

Just the other day I had my yearly review. They gave me back 3 months of good time. I can’t tell you how good that made me feel. They thanked me for being a model inmate and told me to continue making them proud. Unbelievable! Glory to God. Without His spirit within me, I’d still be that guy in ”Stone City: Life In The Penitentiary”

The truth is, you’re either in a crisis or you’re about to be faced with one. That’s just the ebb and flow of life. No one lives without crisis. Therefore, I highly recommend that you learn how to turn crisis into a positive rather than a negative. Hint: Renew your mind with the spirit of Christ.

No request is too big or too small for God. So I’m acting in faith and calling on the Power of Jesus to provide for His faithful servant who obeys His commands.

Here’s a crisis I’m currently in: not having finances to spend Christmas with my wife.

We serve a God who has no limits. I believe in His Word. I have faith that He will move in the hearts of His people and turn this crisis into glory.

Please help bring my wife and I together. It would be so meaningful to us. You can make a donation here:  PayPal.Me/stevenandsuzie

Please bless my life with this amazing gift this Christmas.
In the name of Jesus, Amen.

 

Steven Jennings

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Author: Steven & Suzie Jennings

She was raised as a Mormon, and he is a convict serving 43 years in prison. This blog offers a glimpse into two vastly different worlds that somehow came crashing together. Join them on their journey through prison life & married life.

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