The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.[a]
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness[b]
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,[c]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely[d] goodness and mercy[e] shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell[f] in the house of the Lord
This morning on the Jocko Podcast I was blessed to hear the story of Sergeant Charlie Plumb. Charlie was shot down over the Vietnamese lines and was a POW for 6 years.
There are multiple amazing things to note about Charlie’s experience but one that struck me was the Vietnamese would not let our soldiers look or communicate with each other. This was among everything one of the hardest things for a soldier to endure as it placed them in isolation mentally and physically. Charlie used the 23rd Psalm to keep his mind and soul at a place of reasoning as he explained he was not necessarily a religious man but knew that God was listening.
Charlie describes the feeling of guilt and shame many POWs had felt when they were being tortured and described the feeling as “wishing they were stronger than they acted.” Yet as he encountered more stories from similar men he learned that they ALL felt the same thing!
I encourage you to hear the full podcast on the JOCKO Podcast but this take away i have is the need for our brothers. As we noted yesterday, honor the brotherhood. If you do not have comrades to lean on and do life with you are going to fail. No man can endure the walks of life and challenge without the support of a brother, a friend, and a God to aid him. How easy it is for us to let our minds get filled with false information related to pride and ego that is simply not accurate or true. Charlie and his comrades were heroes.
Charlie Plumb has an amazing testimony of faith and courage and leadership and through community and endurance he made it. Men hear this, if you do not have someone to go to on a daily basis find a brother. Use this platform if needed to comment and connect. Get out of your way and set ego and pride aside long enough to be transparent and vulnerable to a friendship with another. The Power of Who by Bob Beaudine hits on this very message as well. Jesus had 12!