April 2, 2008
Just the other day I was watching T.V. when a commercial to join the Army came on. In this commercial there was footage of soilders jumping out of helicopters, running into battle and even carrying the injured off the battle field. The part that's interesting to me is, no where in this commercial did it say anything along the lines of, "join the Army and travel the world" or "enlist now and start making money." Instead the commercial simply displayed the duties and real life experiences soilders face when joining the mission of defending our country. Yet despite the reality of this commercial, hundreds and thousands of men and women continue to enlist in the Army. Perhaps this idea of joining an Army of One and being apart of something bigger than yourself still seems to inspire people to do something great with their lives.
Personally I think it's time we put a stop to this fairy tale Christianity and get back to focusing on the mission of building God's Kingdom. Who knows, maybe we'll inspire others to take part in something far greater than themselves while doing something great and meaningful with their lives. In fact when a teacher of religous law said to Jesus, "I will follow you wherever you go" Jesus replied "“Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head" (Mathew 8:19-20). Let's face it living a missional life can be extremely hard at times, yet I strongly believe those who choose to live such a life are truly living the greatest life possible.
I would also like to say thanks to my former students/friends Cory Hicks, Greg Incitti & James Mathes who are currently serving our country. I love and miss you guys.... keep up the good work - Galatians 6:9