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Esteemable Acts by Francine Ward
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Nov 19, 11

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Read as reference for Beyond Fear.

Loved this parable on p. 128:

A spy was captured across enemy lines in a foreign land. The spy faced the captain, who was about to sentence him.

"In our country spying is punishable by death," said the captain.

"I know," said the spy.

The captain said, "I'll give you two choices: You can die at the hands of the firing squad at dawn tomorrow or you can walk through that door." The captain pointed to a huge, ugly steel door with old rusty nails and bolts and grotesque carvings embedded into it.

Taking one look at the door, the spy gasped! "Can you give me until morning to decide? This is a hard choice to make." The captain agreed and sent the spy back to his cell until dawn.

At daybreak, the spy was returned and the captain asked, "Have you made your decision?"

The spy facing the captain said, "Yes, I have. Shoot me, because at least I know what I'm dealing with." The firing squad shot the spy.

Moments later a medical volunteer who had observed the incident asked the captain, "What was behind the door? What could have been worse than death?"

The captain responded, "Behind the door was freedom."

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