After high school I received a congressional appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. There are things you learn in the military that are not taught elsewhere, such was the case about a year into my schooling.

We were being trained that summer for prisoner of war and survival schools. Most of our professors and instructors were Vietnam vets, and the stories of the prison camps and such were streaming in. Some of my instructors had incredible experiences to share.

They set up a mock POW (Prisoner of War) camp. The goal was for us to experience the environment of a POW camp for a few days and learn some tactics to cope with what we could expect to experience if we were shot down over enemy territory. One of the main tools the Vietnam used were simply isolation boxes. With no room to stand or lay down, we sat on a small “T” made of 2×4 wood – with our “honey bucket.” Except for the sun, there was no way to know the time.

One night I was taken from my isolation box and brought to an even smaller box where the mock guards literally stuffed me in and I could not move. Just scratching your nose would take effort. In about an hour I was to find out that this was a preparation before they took you into some mock interrogation and torture.

As they opened the box, and pulled me out like meat from a tuna can, I laid there on the ground and my muscles did not respond. I couldn’t walk. They knew that though as they were ready with 2 huge guys who grabbed me under the arms as my legs dragged behind me spasmodically trying to catch up with the rest of me. It was then that a familiar voice resounded in my heart:

“You can not even walk without me!”

Although the voice surprised me, it was a satisfying thought that was downloaded into my heart. My Lord Jesus was letting a crucial truth penetrate my soul: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

It is not too many people that are so prideful and self sufficient that the Lord has to take to a POW camp to reveal to them the depths of that truth. I was blessed and favored that He did.

Insight to life and business: There will be times when you are building your business that you simply realize that you can’t do it. It is comforting to know that in a higher reality, that is true for everything you have done already. God can help you through those times.

One possible application: There will be times you will lose sales, customers, or business partners. During dark hours, remember who never leaves or forsakes and is your ultimate business and life partner.

Curt Johnson, or Coach Curt, is doing full time missionary work in part fueled by the residual income developed in the network marketing industry. He rose to the top of two different companies and is a good friend and upline mentor of Ann Sieg. He is available for mlm success training, mlm coaching, and also promotes powerful tools that can enhance any network marketer’s success while developing multiple streams of income. http://www.coachcurt.com