More Than Your Share…

9 Nov

More than your share…

Over the years I’ve received many comments on my posts from people who say they’ve gone through many hardships in their lives and wonder just when it is enough.

This got me wondering why some feel they got more than their share, so I decided to share a life experience of my time in Vietnam to show both sides of that experience. As you know our lives are full of roadblocks and potholes that we have the opportunity to learn from and grow.

As you know, I was a Scout/Sniper in the Marines from 1967 to 1971 in Vietnam. As a sniper I saw my share of hardship and turmoil along with death. But this is part of combat and we all saw more than we needed. The plain fact is, war is not fun period and in Vietnam one had to fight day and night to stay alive. The friendlies you fought side by side with during the day were your enemy at night.

One mission had us finding prison camps where our solders were kept and to bring them home to safety. We were able to render the camp harmless and free our men in due time. On the return trip, I was at the back of the group closing the trail when one of the soldiers tripped a wire and blew a claymore off. It killed six and wounded a few more. I was hit in the head and right side causing severe damage to my right arm and shoulder along with opening part of my skull. I was rushed to camp and moved to the hospital ship Sanctuary where a group of surgeons put me back together. I ended up with 360 stiches in my head, a double compound fracture of my arm, a shattered elbow and they sewed the tendons back together on my shoulder which also had shattered.

While the doctors were putting me back together, I was sitting in His immediate presence while He held my hand. I felt no pain, only immense love. It was obvious He was not finished with me yet and He sent me back. Where I was taken to Germany and then sent home.

Ok, I hear you asking yourself what all this has to do with more than your share?

At the time I thought I had more than my share of pain and suffering, until I remembered He saved me for a reason and blessed me to share with everyone else. I very easily could have been one of the 58000 plus who didn’t get to come home.

It comes down to this we, as humans, tend to complain about our sufferings in life, but fail to realize all the blessings we receive along the way. Do you get more than your share of blessings? I know for sure I do.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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2 Responses to “More Than Your Share…”

  1. Terry G McDonald November 12, 2018 at 5:03 pm #

    Really enjoyed this Ed, it shut me up from complaining. Thank you for your service also. God Bless You.

    • efchristi November 12, 2018 at 8:08 pm #

      Thank you Terry! Have a blessed day!

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