Last week I watched a fascinating news story about a group of inmates who risked their lives to help three boys who were in danger of drowning and hypothermia.
Three brothers, ages 16, 10, and 8, overturned their canoe and fell into Salmon Creek in southwest Washington. Inmates were working on a detail nearby jumped into the swollen (and freezing) river to rescue them.
Thirty-seven year old Nelson Pettis, one of the ten member work crew doing maintenance at a near-by park, jumped into the water ahead of the boys and let the current take him until he was able to touch the ground. When the speeding current brought the boys near him, Pettis grabbed them and waited for the rescue.
Another member of the crew, 29 year old Larry Bohn, jumped in to help the 16 year old to shore. He later went back in the 45 degree water to help Pettis with the younger boys.
Both men took off their shirts and wrapped them around the boys to keep them warm. Bohn described how the eight year old’s lips turned blue: “He looked real bad.
They were saying ‘thank you’ repeatedly. They just seemed real scared.”
You may be thinking as I did. Do we expect prison inmates to help other people?
Another member of the prison work detail said this: “I think we did something that any good person would do. You see three helpless kids in a river, you help. That’s what you do.” Jon Fowler (age 28) added: “Just cause we’re incarcerated, doesn’t mean we’re bad people. We made some bad choices in our lives, but we’re still, we’re just like everybody else. We’re just paying our debt for what we did wrong.”
The inmate hit the nail on the head: “We’ve made some bad choices in our lives.”
Haven’t we all? Life is the sum of all the choices we have made.
We need help with choices. When we make bad choices, we get the fruit of our bad choices. When we make Godly choices, we enjoy the fruit of righteousness.
Earthly, demonic wisdom produces disorder and every evil practice (James 3: 16).
God gives Godly wisdom to those who seek Him. Godly wisdom produces the fruit of righteousness. Godly wisdom is pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere (James 3: 17).
Where are you getting your wisdom?
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