"Before being discharged from the Army in 1946, Desmond developed tuberculosis. He would spend most of the next six years in hospitals. Cold, wet, sleepless nights, shivering in a muddy foxhole on the islands of the Pacific, had taken their toll. As the illness progressed his left lung had to be surgically removed along with five ribs."
After every suffering, ever fear, every lonely hour, and every drop of blood shed, Mr. Doss would still carry on serving his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, down one lung, 5 ribs, and a loss of hearing (until hearing aids were available). Certainly, spending years in and out of hospitals must have been physically and emotionally trying. Yet his faithfulness to His King never waned. Why? Because Jesus Christ suffered for us first in ways we cannot comprehend. Hebrews 13:12-15 says, "The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through His own blood. Let us, then, go to Him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace He bore. For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come." Jesus allowed Himself to become a reject for us; He is able to empathize with us because He has endured and overcome every temptation, human emotion, and suffering beyond what we've ever known (Hebrews 4:14-16) all for our sakes. So in Mr. Doss' eyes, what is a bit of physical pain, trial & discouragement in comparison to the glory that lies ahead (Romans 8:18)? Let's be encouraged to run our race with the same fortitude of spirit. Regardless of our circumstances and how we are feeling, let's ever climb up with our eyes fixated on the Pioneer of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2) and the "city that is to come!"
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