Desmond T. Doss. Incredible man.
Conscientious Objector. He would not compromise his beliefs and convictions, no matter what the cost…and cost there was.
No matter. In due time, those once against him respected him, trusted him, depended on him, and even waited on him, as he communed with his God, before going into battle.
One day of horrific battle, he rescued 75 fallen comrades. He would not leave them on the battle field. He prayed, “Lord, please help me get one more.” He’d get one. Then he’d pray again, “Lord, please help me get one more.” And this carried on for 12 hours till he had rescued all 75.
For the details, I’ll let you watch the 1 hour 41 minute documentary on YouTube, or the movie, Hacksaw Ridge, directed by Mel Gibson. (Warning: The movie is VERY graphic and intense).
My mind was deeply impressed by Desmond Doss and I continue to think of him and what he did.
He had unwavering commitment to God, to his family, to his beliefs, to his comrades… to everything, no matter what it cost him or could cost him. Do I?
His prayer for help to get one more…and continuing that 75 times over 12 hours in the most dangerous and extreme war conditions one could ever experience…was answered. For example, there was a Japanese soldier who reported that many times Desmond was in his sight, but every time he went to take the shot, his gun jammed. Divine intervention.
How easy it could have been to succumb to fear in the midst of the terror, and be concerned for himself and abandon his comrades to save his own life. Yet he did neither.
I’m not fighting in a declared war, with my life one gunshot away from over. I’m not in a situation where I am pushed to my physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual limits like I expect Desmond must have been.
I am in a battle… for my mind. Negative thoughts come in, and I have a choice. Do I dwell on them, entertain them, or turn away from them and immediately focus on positive thoughts instead? I love that it’s that simple. I get to choose, in that second, to focus on good things. This changes everything.
I am in a battle… for legacy. Am I living a life of mediocrity, or am I living a life on the edge, pushing myself to be better, excellent, a masterpiece? Am I hiding the gifts and talents I have been given or using them to touch people’s lives in a deep way, making a positive difference in the world? Playing small or playing big, and inspiring others to play big too?
“It takes courage…to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.” Marianne Williamson
Desmond Doss. Inspiring.
Monica Munro. Deeper self discovery. Important questions. The answers are coming.