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"An Inside Perspective"

July 2015


                           


My Dear Family in Christ,

Ever precious greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

In Rahway prison, we have a work detail called “Yard One”. It is a crew of about ten men that is supervised by one officer. This crew maintains all of the internal (inside the wall) grounds for the prison. In the summer, they cut all the lawns, yards, etc., mowing and edging all these areas, as needed, in an attempt to keep the grounds looking ship-shape. The exception of course are the Greenhouse grounds, which I care for with great joy!

I have to stay on top of these workers because I have flowerbeds all over the prison that I also tend to, and these rogues do not care like I care; they serve a totally different master. They can quickly, albeit without malice, cause mass destruction to an area I may have been working on for years! You see, sometimes we think we are doing good, yet unwittingly, we are doing harm.

It is written, “In all that you do, do it with all of your heart as unto the Lord and not unto men.” (Col.3:23) Indeed, that is our true mandate and my personal motto! I know Him who said, “The earth is Mine and the fullness thereof the world and they that dwell therein.” (Ps. 24:1)

Thus, I have to constantly monitor the “Yard One” crew. First, because they are a bunch of rascals that I love and know well, but secondly, because in a heartbeat they will cut the lawns willy-nilly and shoot the cuttings all over my flower beds without a repentant thought! I then have to spend hours cleaning it up, whereas they could not care less; potentially, it is a lot of extra work for me. Honestly, they are unaware of their landscape transgressions unless I flat out tell them. They are all young bucks, and at times I sense some iniquitous underpinnings in their actions. (smile) I think that they see me as a horticulturally obsessed, Bible thumping codger with nothing better to do. I wonder, are they that far off?

As I mentioned, these men are all my buddies and I terrorize them with the gospel all of the time, and yes, they flee from me, but not all. However, I have to constantly remind them to shoot their cuttings back onto the grass and not onto the flowerbeds or we will surely be beefing! They mean no harm, but you see, sometimes we think we are doing good, yet unwittingly, we are doing harm.

This past fall season, the “Yard One” crew began to prepare for the winter onslaught of snow and ice. One of the things that they do is stock up on rock-salt. The expanse of the grounds are huge inside of the prison wall and “Yard One”, in turn, must order tons of salt. They can go through hundreds of bags over the course of a snowy winter. Thus, they keep fifty pound bags stacked thirty feet high, awaiting the first snowfall.

They seem to love the salt, because in their minds it is a wonderful tool for controlling the ice and snow. It really does melt ice well, but unbeknownst to them, it is a death sentence for all grass and plants. What happens is that the crew gets frisky at the first snowfall, and they fling the salt everywhere and anywhere with wild abandon, thinking all the while that they are doing a great job. You see, sometimes we think we are doing good, yet unwittingly, we are doing harm.

During the winter, it all “appears” good at the moment, but in the spring when things thaw and sprout, you can see the burn marks from the salt all over the grounds. All the edges of the driveways and the sidewalks are burned and scarred; nothing can grow there, henceforth and forevermore. Salt is the worst possible thing to put on soil. You see, sometimes we think we are doing good, yet unwittingly, we are doing harm.

It is written, “My ways are not your ways, neither are My thoughts your thoughts, as high as the heavens are above the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.” (Isa. 55:8-9)

In the book of 2nd Samuel, chapter 6, King David and his men were transporting the Ark of God with great joy. In the process, the ox stumbled and it “appeared” in the minds of his men, that the Ark was going to fall. And so, Uzzah “put forth his hand”, thinking to do good, and he touched the Ark and was struck dead on the spot. You see, sometimes we think we are doing good, yet unwittingly, we are doing harm.

At the foot of the cross sinful men jeered at the Son of God. They bid Him, “Come down from the cross if you are the Son of God.” Sinners cannot understand the ways of God, or what He is bringing to pass. It “appeared” foolishness to them and they could not understand the Lord’s way, so thinking to do good, they wanted Him off of the cross. You see, sometimes we think we are doing good, yet unwittingly, we are doing harm.

Thinking to do good, people pray for me to get out of prison, because is “appears” bad. They fail to comprehend that God used my sin to get me “into” prison for His purpose. Please do not pray for me to get out, but pray that I am faithfully fruitful in fulfilling His purpose for me here; then, I will come home. Be wise with all your prayer; you see, sometimes we think we are doing good, yet unwittingly, we are doing harm. Beloved…

“HOW ARE YOU USING ‘YOUR SALT’?”

LOVE,
PHILIP