POO (Phyliss On Oswald)
Eleven years ago my life changed. I had been looking in all the wrong places for the source of my happiness and my personal freedom. The world as I had previously seen it, was the opposite of how I now saw it. On March 15, 1998 I was baptized and dedicated my life to God. At my baptism my friend Annette gave me a little book called, My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. I had never heard of him or knew what this book was about. It was the type of book called a daily devotional. It has a one page entry for every day of the year. Each entry begins with a passage from the bible, and follows with a few paragraphs written by Chambers on his interpretation of what that meant to him.
I began to read a page a day, with few exceptions, for many years. I made a few notes at times, in the margins of the book, and began to underline parts of writings. Each time I read the same passage the following year, I began to understand it more and more. It became my way of beginning each day, reminding myself who I was and how I was supposed to behave. It grounded me in a reality of spiritual enlightenment. It helped me stay accountable to the standard I knew was correct, the standard that laid down the groundwork for the code of behavior that I needed to abide by for happiness and success in my life.
I read these daily entries early in the morning when I awoke. I began to really think about them and was inspired. I began to get on my computer and send emails to my friend John. I would type the page from the book, and then insert in bold type, my thoughts on what Chambers had said. I was so impressed by what he said, and how it struck my very being, that I wanted to share my thoughts with John.
Unbeknownst to me, John liked what I was writing in response to Chambers' work. He began to save everything I sent to him. Finally after some passage of time, John told me he thought I should write a book with my interpretations of Oswald Chambers' writings. He had filed all these pages on his computer in a folder called Phyliss on Oswald, or POO for short. Hence, the birth of POO.
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