Prison Ministry Support Group, a group I belong to on LinkedIn recently posted the following;
“What do you believe is the most important thing for a person in prison to do while they are inside name Five (5) important things.
A number of things came to mind but prioritizing tehm was a bit of a challenge but after some thought I responded with these five things.
- A minimum of 1 hour a day in Bible study (reading primary and x-ref scripture from a Bible study devotion, meditation, memorizing and prayer). Ideally do both an hour in both in the morning and the evening. Challenge yourself to read, read, read and then read something more on anything and everything that that you can get your hands on that is Biblically sound & Christian based.
- Partake in weekly worship and or group Bible study that will include topics related to all aspects of family life (parenting, marriage, leadership), employment, accountability and responsibility towards others. If not already able to do so, learn how to truthfully share your hurts, your fears, your desires and then do it.
- Partake in a cognitive thinking program ideally Christian based. Do self-examination of soul, spirit, hear and mind. Come to know your emotional wounds. Forgive those who hurt you, repent from bad behavior, poor choices, and blame and seek healing from all from God through Jesus Christ. Seek forgiveness from God for your wrongs and those you hurt if safe and possible.
- Seek God’s purpose for your life; take self-assessment test, spiritual gift test, counsel with others who can and honestly assess your positives and negatives. Seek how you can utilize these gifts for God’s glory.
- From day 1 of incarceration start developing a strategy plan for reentry. What MUST you do during 90 days prior to my release and up to the day of your release, the first 24-hours, 72-hours, a week, month, minimum to of 1-year. Have a minimum of 3 alternative plans for areas like housing (If all possible enter a Christian based reentry program for a minimum of 6 months), potential churches, and employment resources.
Discover areas of interests and read and learn and enjoy. Whether it be history, biographies, how to or how does, trains, planes automobiles, cooking, photography, quilting. Treat yourself to a vastness of knowledge of persons, places and things that excite you. Know that man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him.
Each could be expounded upon, clarified and debated for that matter as there is one an do or not do while incarcerated.
First and foremost everything should be done on the foundation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Psalm 14:1 tells us
The fool says in his heart “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good.
A fool does not believe in God because he has put his trust in himself. Thus he fails, he hurts, he cries out for God but there is no response of love, compassion or words of wisdom because being the fool, he does not know the gospel or if he does know the gospel, he chooses not to believe the gospel but even if he knows and believes the gospel, he does not put his trust in the gospel because he is a fool. Notitia, Assensus, Fiducia - Know, Believe, Trust in the Gospel of Jesus Christ
Do not spend those days of incarceration being a fool.