Have I not commanded you? Be strong and
courageous. Do not be afraid; do
not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you
My beautiful wife is 15 weeks pregnant. Ever since she found out
she was expecting, it has been her desire for us to have a baby girl (although
I know she'd be happy with a boy). Last week I was inclined to agree with her.
I told her with the crazy world that we live in right now, as unstable as it
is, maybe if we have a daughter, she'll be less likely to have to grow up and
fight in a war someday. (She might choose to join the military on her own, and
that would be fine with us. We would support her and be full of pride.)
However, my wife said something very wise and selfless in response. She said,
if we have a boy, maybe we'll raise him in such a way as to prepare him to be a
soldier if in fact his God or his country needs him some day. She's right. We
need boys like that. Boys who are strong and courageous. We need families who
raise boys like that. No one wants to go to war. But there are times when you
must. And if someday my son (or daughter) decides to serve in the military, or
even is expected to do so, my prayer is that he is up to the task and willing
to do so. His mom and I will be so proud.
According to 2016 information provided by Autism Speaks, a
non-profit organization dedicated to learning the impact of autism on
individuals and families, boys get diagnosed with autism 5 times more often
than girls. It is sobering to think of how a nation’s military is impacted by
the large numbers of young men who are most likely not able to serve their
country because of their autism.
of someone you know who is serving in the military. Perhaps it is you or
someone in your family. Thank God for their service and bravery. Commit to
telling them “thank you for your service” the next time you see them. Thank God
that He is willing and able to go with them, wherever they must go and serve. Pray
for their safety and for blessings on their family as they both show bravery
and make sacrifices for their nation and for freedom.
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