When I wrote my first book, “One Great Truth,” not long after my father’s passing five years ago, Chuck Colson was kind enough to write the foreword. Chuck was a wonderful friend and a truly inspiring follower of Jesus Christ. He passed away on April 21.
Chuck, who spent seven months in prison for his part in the Watergate break-ins and the subsequent cover-up, reminded us that in our failings we often discover true peace and God’s will for our lives. He said, “The real legacy of my life was my biggest failure — that I was an ex-convict. My greatest humiliation — being sent to prison — was the beginning of God’s greatest use of my life … only when I lost everything I thought made Chuck Colson a great guy had I found the true self God intended me to be and the true purpose of my life.”
Chuck was given a copy of Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis shortly before his imprisonment and it had a great impact on his life. He later accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. Chuck later founded Prison Fellowship, which takes the message of the Gospel to prisoners across the world. Visit the group’s website (www.pfi.org) to read some inspirational stories recounting how men and women in prison are being reached with the Gospel.
I am grateful to have known Chuck. He was bold in his faith, compassionate toward others and unapologetic about his faith. That is a great legacy for any follower of Christ.