...Impatient, self-seeking, diverted, struggling with flesh (his own) and others, rolled over on, trampled, pressed down, pounded, squished, bedeviled, be-angel-ed, bewitched, ignored, belittled (back to the pounding on the potter's wheel), called, anointed, encouraged, God-seeking, repentant, still some self-life active, rolled over on, trampled, pressed down, pounded, squished (back to ole wheel!), now wholly surrendered, loving, patient, delivered, kind, used, cheerful, forward-looking, servant-hearted, sacrificial, rightly dividing the Word of God, faithful to the end, faithful to the Cross of Christ, taken at his highest point Of spiritual maturity in his short life.
This is the kind of man of God that St. Paul was-— only without the notoriety and recognition. Duane Smith went through every kind of shipwreck and imprisonment and even torture too, and he came through spotless, with a shining garment, a victor’s laurel crown on his head. Jesus, to whom Duane surrendered by stages and finally in total degree, was the means by which Duane overcame the devil, the world, and his own self. No disappointment or disaster or depreciation by others could stop him. Jesus was sufficient for him, and so Duane L. Smith is an example of grace and mercy the angels are rejoicing over right now in heaven as this is written. Praise be to God! To God be the glory for Duane L. Smith’s life that evidenced many, overwhelming sufferings for Christ, and we thank God for his faithfulness and love for others and his Bible-inspired accomplishments. This splendid "butterfly" of the Lord has emerged at last from the darkness and inner turmoil and painfulness of the chrysalis and is now soaring on his glorious, new wings!