love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13
while back a caller on the radio version of the Sean Hannity Show said her son was leaving soon for armed forces basic
training. She described his decision to join the military as a “calling,” as if
it was something he was born to do. She said she was very proud of her son and
his decision, and indeed we all should be.
those like me who grew up in Christianity, we’re familiar with the idea of a
“calling.” It seems it is most closely identified with religion, as if God has “called”
you into the ministry. He has spoken directly to you and told you to become a
pastor or a missionary. But I believe it can be applied to other career fields
as well, outside of religion. After all, this young man felt “called” to be a
soldier. And in these dangerous times that we live in, we should all be
thankful he did.
read an interesting book t about that elaborates on this drive in men and boys.
Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of
a Man’s Soul by John Eldredge talks about how God creates boys to be
rambunctious, rowdy, to play with toy guns and pretend to be cowboys and
Indians or cops and robbers. My six year old son likes to pretend to play Wipeout and jumps from chair to chair
imitating the obstacles he sees on the hit ABC television show. I used to try
and stop him, fearing he would get hurt. But now I realize it is just the way
he is wired. No matter where we are: McDonald’s, the mall, a hotel room – give
my son a few steps to climb and some chairs and he will turn it into a Wipeout-worthy obstacle course. He is so
creative and active.
this is how Parker has been playing Wipeout
all weekend. We pushed his bed along the back wall. Then he stands on a little
footstool about two feet away from his bed. And he jumps to the bed. If he
makes it without falling off, he has advanced to the Wipeout Zone. If he lands short or falls off, then he has to
pretend to swim back and try again. He lets me do the play by play announcing
like I am one of the star hosts of the show, John Henson. We are loving it.
Then there is another obstacle course game he has invented. It is named
“Kamikaze” after a Wipeout stunt. It
involves me getting on my hands and knees, which is getting harder to do the
older I get. Then Parker yells, “Kamikaze” and jumps on my back. It is fun and
hilarious. But when a 60 pound six year old repeatedly jumps on you, who knows
how long this 44 year old’s back will last. Oh well, it will be fun in the
need boys to play like this. Our society needs to let boys be boys. Sure, they
need to follow the rules at school and obey the law, but don’t try to feminize
them and take away their toy guns or their rowdiness. Let them be and act like
boys. For one day we may need them to harness that rowdiness, that energy to
become soldiers. Thank God there are so many men who are willing to do just
that. Men like my dad who served in the Korean War and my nephew Kyle (U.S. Air
Force) and another nephew Micah (U.S. Army). They epitomize John 15:13 – “Greater love has no one than this: to lay
down one’s life for one’s friends.”
While my son loves to be rowdy and
rambunctious like other boys, he is not likely to ever serve in the military.
With autism, cerebral palsy and other significant issues affecting his brain,
the U.S. military is not likely to accept him into their ranks.
Is there an area of your life where
you feel God is calling you? It may be to become an actual soldier or it may be
to step up your game in the spiritual war and become a greater soldier for
Christ. Listen to God and His word and answer the call. It won’t be easy, but
you also won’t ever regret it.
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