Dear Friends, David here. We are two posts into this survival series of tips and military guidelines that parallel Christian fortitude. What kind of survivor are you? Stick with Scott the Nebraskan as we get to condition number two, “The Personal Condition.” You can see the first in this series at this link, “Environmental Conditions.”
Determination or Despair?
Scott found himself at the bottom of a jungle gorge with no apparent way out. It was amazing what a predicament he had put himself in after a slip on a little root! But Scott didn’t despair. Laos had an unforgiving terrain, but he served a providing God.
Physically, Scott was in good condition. And his optimism was high—even finding humor in the jungle pit he had slid into. Though the pack on his back was full of Bibles and not supplies, his cargo pants pockets were full of gear, and his vest pockets had snacks for three more days. He would still reach his destination!
The Personal Condition
The second of five conditions that a survivor must consider is his own condition. What is his physical status and his psychological state? What materials does he have at hand, and what obligations or demands are on him? The jungle or forest is demanding, but a survivor has a chance to live if his personal condition is taken into account and managed.
A Christian should find comfort in the physical condition that God has given him as well. Health doesn’t have to be excellent, nor do material possessions have to be abundant. But a survivor, who also is a believer, does need to know his limitations and personal condition, since they affect the way that God intends one to serve others.
Sometimes we demand too much of ourselves, though usually we don’t require enough. Knowing our condition can help us as Christians to gauge what kind of soldiers we can be.
What’s your personal condition in Christ? Your walk should match your condition. (See Ephesians 4:1) Walk worthy today!
Until next time, see you in the field!
COMING UP: Next WEDNESDAY David shares recent Research on Survival: Two Phases of Crisis”.