In 1951, Harold James became a preacher, and he has been preaching ever since, mostly in the Oklahoma Pan Handle. James has always had a strong desire to win souls for Jesus Christ, but first I need to tell you something about him. He is blind. When he was a boy, an accident during an Oklahoma dust storm destroyed the vision in his left eye. Then, when he was 52 years old, he went out one night to help get a shredder out of the mud. As he slid underneath the machine to unhook a chain, the blades started turning and hit him in the face.

“I knew I was dead,” he recalled. “There was no way to survive that.” Yet he stepped out from under the machine. The doctor said later, “If I was buying life, I wouldn’t give you a nickel for this one.” The blades had cut into his skull, through his right eye, into his cheekbone, and an ear was almost cut off. Years later, the only visible result of the accident is total blindness.

I think James can be an inspiration to us all as we handle the day that is before us. If he can still preach in spite of being blind, then how can any of us complain? Take a moment right now and ask God to give you a persevering spirit.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder