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Not long ago, my Words of Hope spoke to the idea of kindness being described as useful goodness.

In 1967, Susie and I took a new job. Coach of Athletes in Action, a division of Campus Crusade for Christ. We left great jobs in Alaska will a combined salary of $22,000 to make $3,600, that is if people were kind enough to donate.

Gail Wright, a concert pianist, was given a tough job of being my secretary. Next year, we celebrate 5O years of continuous job sharing. Gail has kept NBC Camps at the highest possible level of financial integrity; in addition, she is a Bible dictionary and prayer warrior.  

After reading WOH on kindness, Gail encouraged me do take a look at the book of Philemon. It is a tiny one chapter book tucked between Titus and Hebrews.

When I do study work, it is important to me to know about the author. The most important site for me to visit in Rome is Paul’s prison cell. It was a nasty place.

I took a basketball team there to do a gut check on our lives. How was it possible for Paul to write, “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice,” was the question I exhorted my boys to ponder.

Onesimus, a runaway slave from Philemon, met Paul in prison. Paul and Philemon became brothers in Christ.

This letter is a remarkable example of one person stepping in the gap for another. It is far too rich to share in this brief time with you. Inspire yourself as I did, and at Gail’s suggestion, study the book of Philemon.

To wet your appetite, realize Paul’s inspirational letter pleaded with Philemon, the slave owner, to give his slave, Onesimus, a new job. The job was freedom.

Two life lessons for me:

First, I want the feeling of a new job, every day, the rest of my life. This means acting the same way I did 50 years ago during my first day as head basketball coach at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. I was on fire. Today I am on fire.

Second, I want to imitate Paul and help people find a new job called freedom. Jesus said it best, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”

Wonder how I am going to get one more village camp signed up for summer? Wonder who I will meet today who is looking for a new job today called freedom?

Retire? You’ve got to be kidding me!


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