John Campbell was sailing in San Diego Bay when he spotted a capsized sailboat and saw a number of people fighting to survive in the cold water. He immediately dove in and tied a line between his boat and the overturned boat.
“Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work.” —Titus 3:1
John then proceeded to pull people, one by one, onto his own boat, including a mentally challenged teenager and an elderly man who had been trying to hold onto their capsized sailboat. He continued to assist and encourage those in the water, including a mother and child.
He stayed in the water until all ten people were pulled from the ocean. He then assisted San Diego Harbor Police move survivors onto a police boat, where he stayed until everyone was safely back on land.
The Coast Guard presented John with their Certificate of Valor in Los Angeles, acknowledging that he single-handedly rescued half of the people.
We can all say what we might do in a life or death situation, but we don’t actually know until faced with that reality. If you are a first responder or member of the military, you may have been placed in this situation countless times. Regardless, a life committed to service is a life of preparedness and staying alert. “Keeping your edge” is an important part of this responsibility.
Are you there or do you need some fresh inspiration? Be mindful of who challenges you in this way and stay connected. Maintaining accountability can keep you ready for anything.
MIGHTY GOD, inspire me to stay connected to those who challenge me and keep me strong. Help me to keep my edge to serve and protect.