Out of the Valley
Description : The Vietnam War was a challenging time in our nation’s history and has touched millions of Americans in powerful ways. We lost some of our nation’s most promising young men and women, and others had their lives disrupted and changed forever. Most of us view those losses as tragedies and move on. However, one young man’s death in action in Vietnam did not just stop there. His brief twenty-three years on this earth had an eternal impact on many others and serves as an inspiration to us all. Jonathan Shine’s life was cut short as he courageously led his rifle platoon against an enemy position in October of 1970. But the spiritual impact he has had on many lives has established a legacy that continues to this day. Barry Willey has written a powerful testimony of Jon Shine’s life and legacy. Barry describes the consistent life Jon lived as a West Point cadet and as a U.S. Army officer. The choices Jon made, and the Christ-centered principles by which he lived, are a model for all of us to emulate. Jesus Christ told His disciples as He was preparing to leave them to go to His heavenly Father, “Go and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19 NIV). This is also our mission. As disciples of Christ, we need to be about the business of making other disciples for the Lord and His kingdom. Out of the Valley provides some amazing insights into a life well-lived and into the principles of investing spiritually in others. Jon Shine’s investment in Barry’s life, and many others, demonstrates clearly the mission Jesus gave each one of us and provides a model to follow. My prayer is that many will read this wonderful story of a brief but inspirational life lived to exalt Christ and build His kingdom. After you have read it, use it to build into and invest in others for the sake of the high calling of Jesus Christ.