I had the privilege of being the second Jackson child to attend the School Of Discipleship at Miracle Mountain Ranch after my sister Hannah. Out of the four Jackson children who have attended the program, I was the only one to stay for the second year program. My two years at MMR were the most pivotal years of my life. Not only did I make some of the best friends that I will never forget (one of which I married three years after we graduated), I grew immensely closer to my Lord and Savior.
I am just pointing out one of the most significant spiritual lessons I learned since I’m not nearly as verbal as my sister. LOL Close to the end of my two years, I began to realize the importance of trusting the authorities placed above me -‐ most importantly, the authority of the Lord Himself, but also my parents, pastor, youth pastor, teachers, etc. Those authorities were and are placed in our lives to protect us. I haven’t always understood the significance of that. We can all save others and ourselves a lot of heartache, trouble, and pain by trusting the authorities placed in our lives. There is security in authority.
Speaking of security, I came away from the ranch knowing my salvation was secure. I know that since I accepted the Lord as my Savior when I was a child, I am then one of His children forever. I can say this with peace and confidence since the Word of God says no one can pluck me out of His hand. I have to give all the credit to the Lord for the work in my life but I must say thanks to the wonderful staff of the Ranch who planted the seeds in my life that flourished and helped me be the man I am today by graciously leading and teaching everyday for two years.
Robert Edward Jackson III