suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us" (Romans 5:3-5, ESV).
I'm so proud of Tracy's son, Marine Marshall Jones who just graduated as Second Lieutenant! He is sharing a word of testimony today (Sunday, August 21, 2010) at his church in Longview, Texas. If you see this in time, pray for him and all who will hear. If you see this later, please keep praying for him and for those who serve our Lord and our country faithfully on and off the field.
I read Romans 5 on Saturday and love how this verse spoke to me. Marshall is a visual of what it means. Marshall suffered through the training and it produced endurance. His endurance built his character. His character produces hope. This hope does not put us to shame because God is honored. Marshall suffered but we will all benefit from him and others serving us.
It is just a glimpse that Christ suffered for us by His death on the cross. Jesus paid the price for us - for our sins. Just as our country is worth fighting for, we are worth fighting for. Christ paid the ultimate price and we can know that if we choose to follow Him, He will fight for us. He has won the victory. His love has been poured into our hearts and the Holy Spirit is with us always. There is hope in Him!
Marshall, God bless you! May He speak through you as you share today and throughout every day of your life, on and off the field.