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Heed and Behoove
Wed Apr 25, 2018 09:09
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“Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his brother.”
KAHIL GIBRAN

“Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.” HEBREWS 2:1 KJV

Fifty-two years ago on a cold dark February day, at six o’clock in the morning, I entered the Armed Forces building in Kansas City Missouri. It was a small building compared to the Post Office and Union Station which were both diagonally across Broadway. At that time in my life I had many fears and doubts, I was being drafted into military service and the Vietnam War was raging over the horizon. I had already had my pre-induction physical and this was my induction physical. They told me to bring a few items such as toothbrush, comb, soap, shampoo, and a couple changes of clothes, and that my chances of going to military service were very probable. After all day of being tested and examined I was walked over in front of the post office with about one hundred other guys to wait for the busses that were to take us to Fort Leonard Wood. I spent three days there to be issued my military clothing and to get shots; I was then bussed with several hundred other men to Fort Campbell Kentucky. It was after mid-night, pitch black, and raining when we arrived. As we walked off the busses into the rain there was mass confusion taking place. These army sergeants were running around hollering, screaming, and shouting names. Some were our names and others were names that I would rather not mention. The confusion was only in our minds, they soon had us lined up and organized into groups. We were totally soaked as they marched us to our new home. We arrived wet and miserable in front of our two storied, wooden, coal heated barracks. The fun had just begun. During the next eight weeks I started hearing words that I had never heard and have never forgot. I remember one sergeant named Sgt. Crozer, he was a 101st Airborne Recondo and he said, “You need to heed to what I tell you, and it would behoove you to act upon it. It will save your life.” I was not familiar with the words heed and behoove, but I understood the term “it will save your life.” I started paying attention because I did not want to die. This was fundamental stuff, and to live I would need a solid foundation built upon these military principles. Two and a half years later I returned from Vietnam. Having a working knowledge of the fundamentals of infantry training contributed to my return. Heeding and behooving paid off. Today my battles are different, and as I come across the word heed in the Book of Hebrews I reflect, and I know what the word means. The writer of the Book of Hebrews goes on to explain what was to be heeded, share this with me.
“For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witnesses, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?” HEBREWS 2:2-4 KJV
That is a question, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?” My answer for myself is that I need to heed and behoove, and God will do for me what I can’t do for myself…………………wolf

    • I have to believe ...Baruch, Sun May 6 11:16
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      • Chargewolf, Fri May 11 08:32
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