The Spirit of Might

Col. 1:8-11

Tim Bowden in his book “One Crowded Hour” tells of an incident that took place in Borneo in 1964. Napalese soldiers preparing for combat were asked if they would be willing to jump from airplanes flying over Cambodia. They had never done this before and didn’t completely understand the implications of the request. Bravely, however, they stated their willingness asking only that the airplane they were to jump from would fly slowly over a swampy area at an altitude of 100 feet. The puzzled officer making the request told them this was not possible. Their parachutes would not have time to open at this low altitude. The Napalese soldiers answered in surprise. “You didn’t mention parachutes before.”

This amusing story illustrates the type of dedication that is demonstrated by those who serve the Lord. Strengthened by Him they face challenges they would otherwise avoid. David Livingstone, is a good example. He over 29,000 miles through Africa in order to minister to the people. During this time his wife died and he faced strong opposition from his Scottish supporters. In spite of these problems and the added burden of being half blind he continued his work. An entry in his diary states his resolve: “Send me anywhere, only go with me. Lay any burden on me, only sustain me. Sever me from any tie but the tie that binds me to Your service and to Your heart.” (

Dr. Gayle Woods

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