Dear Salvationist, 3 Things Your CO Doesn’t Tell You

Every corps has its challenges.
Each community that we, Corps Officers have the pleasure of serving in is also uniquely different.  Sometimes the life of an Officer can be a lonely place, while other times COs are surrounded by love and support…it certainly comes in seasons.

today, my Dear Salvationists, I would like to share with you
3 Things Your Corps Officer Doesn’t Tell You (But maybe should).
Officers, correct me if I’m wrong…I’m not opening a can of worms I haven’t already confronted within my own life, and perhaps this is all relative to our own uniquenesses (I just made up a word).

here goes…

struggle1) Sometimes CO’s struggle spiritually too…
I hope this doesn’t come as a complete shock to any of you.  Sarcasm aside, the truth is, just because your corps officer is a pastor/preacher/social worker/counselor/janitor/chef…and more, doesn’t mean that they have perfected holiness by any means.  We. Still. Struggle.  We may not always have the answers to all of your spiritual questions, but we will sure try to find out those answer for you and with you.  There are days when we feel beat up, kicked around and we just want to pack it in.  There are days when our prayers seem to fall on deaf ears and, yes we also experience those dry and thirsty places.  Your Corps Officer is, and will never be perfect in your eyes or everyone’s eyes for that matter.  We are not perfect, we are still human and we are also prone to making mistakes.  These spiritual struggles aren’t crisis points, no, instead, this is life – and we live it just like you do, and anyone who says otherwise isn’t telling you the truth.

budget2) Many Times We Are Stressed Out About Finances
Running a corps and connecting in the community takes a lot of effort and work.
There are times when your CO might not admit it, but they could be deeply stressed about finances – especially during major fund raising events like Christmas!   The reality is, if the money isn’t there employees and services could get cut, and this truly hurts us.  We pray a lot about these things.  Yes, we understand that money doesn’t solve everything and we must chase after God not money, but we also recognize the reality of serving suffering humanity.  It takes resources.  It takes finances.  It takes gifted, talented staff members to aide in the many things that we do.  We worry about it – and some of us sometimes worry more than we really should.  We recognize that, unlike Churches, we cannot simply operate on the tithes of our corps members.  We must beat the drum and rally the community to come and help us…and we have our doubts sometimes too.  We need your encouragement, prayers, love and support too.

3) Friendships Are Hard To Maintain, We Might Be Lonely. friends
This isn’t a pity party by any means, and I simply want you to know that your CO(s) is human too.  They crave friendships, laughter, tangible fellowship, and leisure.   Depending on the appointment, these moments can be few and far between.  It is hard to minister in a corps and be friends too.  That shepherd, sheep element is hard to balance.  As a younger officer, (I’m not that old yet) we were sent to our first appointment 5 hours from DHQ…we craved friendship all the time and we had to find it in our community.  It is not always easy to have close friends when your appointments could be the span of a year or three.  We as officers can become aloof at times because if we invest all of us into friendships we know it will be even harder when we leave.  I don’t mean to say that we don’t still invest all of us regardless, but if you feel as if you corps officer is a little stand-offish, give them time, be patient with them and make attempts to invite, befriend and care for them anyway.

These are only three things that your CO doesn’t tell you, but perhaps should.
Remember that trust is a two-way street, and that confidence and vulnerability takes time.

So how about you…what are your thoughts, comments and impressions on this topic?
Share and join the conversation!

Something more for our Army world to ponder today.

Dear Salvationist – Arrogance Beware!

Luke 18:9-14(NLT)

Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector

Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: 10 “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer[a]: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not like other people—cheaters, sinners, adulterers. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! 12 I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’ 13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ 14 I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Beware dear Soldier of the trappings of arrogance, for it can creep into that uniform of yours and corrupt your heart and attitude!  We do not wear this uniform and associate ourselves with this army because we are better than other people, instead we should wear it as as sign of utter humility, servitude to Christ and as a constant reminder of our mission in this world.

selfCould our corps halls feel like an exclusive club to outsiders?  -This should never be the case!  We might become tempted, at times, to puff ourselves up with all of our corps’ accomplishments and fortunes, instead run from such thoughts and temptations!  Do not become like the Pharisee in the parable Jesus told – who was so enamored by his own pride and arrogance that those earnestly seeking were criticized and despised.

No, instead fight this war against pride and arrogance as a Soldier of this army!  We ought to fall to our knees and repent every time we become prideful of who we are instead of Whose we are.   We must recognize and repent every time we aspire to places of position and power out of personal gain and selfish ambition.  Pride and arrogance will poison our army if we are not careful; and although we do good in our communities lest we not forget Who our faith is in and for Whom all of these good works are accomplished.thumb

If we as soldiers exchange this true calling of sincere holiness in our lives for earthly recognition and these temporary places of authority the world bestows upon us, we will have lost it all – and our identity as an Army for God.

Jesus despised the hypocrite and the religious zealot who couldn’t see past their own personal needs and desires.  Beware dear Soldier of the trappings of arrogance and pride.

Lord, make us humble.  May we be mindful of our fellow man – and the hurting world around us.  Give us Your heart and eyes – may we ever be on our knees earnestly seeking after you.  Holy Spirit, instill in us this servant-heart.  Break us of our pride and arrogance. Remove the dross, wipe away the old life.  If need be, remove us from places of prominence so that we may be yours and yours alone.  Lord, forgive us when we have had a divided heart – you want us all to yourself, and there have been times when we have strayed.  May Christ-likeness be our goal as we humbly serve.  Amen.
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” (Galatians 6:9)

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly[a] with your God.” (Micah 6:8)


Dear Salvationist – 5 Things Leaders Shouldn’t Do

Dear Salvation Army Soldier, it would seem that we are at a turning point in our Army.
Perhaps some of you have seen this coming for years, perhaps some are seeing this for the first time.  Our organization, built on the fire of The Holy Spirit and the Mission to reach souls for Christ through “Soup, Soap, & Salvation”  is in need of a second and possibly third blessing from the Lord.

What do I mean by that?  I mean we are in need of a Pentecost type renewal once again among our ranks.  We need a deeper resolve within our prayer lives.  We must preach Holiness from the pulpit BUT more importantly live holiness in our lives and be an example of Christ-likeness to those around us!

This turning point is like the Israelites of old who renewed their covenant with God over and over again only to forget its meaning and stray from their faith and relationship to the Author and Sustainer of life.  Do we stray sometimes?  Have we lost our way upon this pathway of duty?  I don’t think this Salvationist thing is solely about duty…no, it’s so much more than that!  To me, the word “duty” implies something arduous and required of us.  Something that allows us to plod along as long as we are performing our required/expected responsibilities.  That word only goes so far…we as Salvationists need more the duty in our lives and in our ministries, we need passion, faith and perseverance too!

That being said, allow me for a moment to delve into a very important topic of leadership.
This topic is not exclusively for our divisional/territorial or International leaders, this is a broad brush stroke that transcends position and status within our Army.  I say this because I do not want anyone to assume I am directing this at anyone specifically…if I did that, I would have to seriously contend that my abilities within leadership is perfect…they most certainly are not.  I am still learning.  I have a lot of room for growth here.  I am no fool, I recognize this in myself.   I write this for me…and perhaps, in some way – you might also benefit and relate from it as well.

My Master’s Degree is Organizational Leadership…despite all of that, degree and all, I’m still a work in progress…how about you?

 5 Things Leaders Shouldn’t Do – leaders


5) “Do as I say, not as I do!” 
We might find ourselves barking orders and giving commands that we seldom or have difficulty following ourselves.  Weren’t the Pharisees of old really good at that too?  They were the enforcers of laws that they themselves didn’t necessarily keep.  Allow me to just say…”those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”  This kind of behavior within leadership is tempting – We lead, we should expect people to follow us, but if we don’t first lead by example, chances are those that follow will either resent our leadership or stop following all together.  THIS is extremely detrimental to our Army.  Beware of this leadership trap!!  If you find yourself here, please, please stop – you’re hurting the army more than you are helping it!


vision4) Cast An Unrealistic Vision
This too is easy to do!
We set the standard SO high that no one can reach it and many will find themselves disillusioned and discouraged.  We are an Army, but we are also an army of compassion and hope.  We can’t expect a new convert to the faith to become Brengle overnight (for example).  Set your vision – YES, but be mindful that you don’t lose your people in the process.  Make your vision and your goals attainable, whatever they may entail.   Don’t lose sight of the sheep you shepherd and get so far ahead of them that they aren’t able to keep up or follow you.  Thankfully Jesus never His disciples in the dust, He helped them along, even explaining certain parables to them when they were confused or off base.

3) Discipline Without Compassion arnold
Stop this, please!
Jesus said this of the earthly model of leadership –
Among the heathen, kings are tyrants and each minor official lords it over those beneath him.But among you it is quite different. Anyone wanting to be a leader among you must be your servant. And if you want to be right at the top, you must serve like a slave. Your attitude must be like my own, for I, the Messiah,* did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give my life as a ransom for many.”(Matthew 20:25-28 TLB)

The Army doesn’t need more iron-fisted leaders, it needs leaders who lead with compassion as their strength!  Discipline?  Yes – but fairly and with the intention to correct and restore.  Don’t discipline out of anger or misaligned points of view.  Some of the best leaders that I know are those who have a servant’s heart and are concerned about helping those they lead to attain levels of personal growth in their lives!


stubborn22) Lead In A Way That’s Always Been Done…”   
It’s an excuse to lead in this manner – “The Army has always led this way” – False, men and women have led this way, but we can lead in ways that improve upon what has already been built!  Don’t hang all of your experience upon the coat hook of tradition as your standard.  Instead glean what worked and what didn’t…Adapt!  I will take a prayer warrior leader over one who wishes to climb the ladder by stepping on people any day!  Don’t think for a minute that there haven’t been those consumed by the compulsion to lead or driven by personal ambition…it’s a human flaw, and we all have our own personal egos to contend with.

Gut check time – I think the words of Ezekial 34:4 could apply to all of us as a warning to leaders who are not fair or lead by “how it has ALWAYS been done” – “You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally.

Let’s not lose sight of why we need leaders in our army, and why we exist in the first place!
1) Stop Blaming Loss of Membership Solely On Those You Lead!”    sheep
This is critical.
It goes hand in hand with the whole setting the vision too high thing…be mindful of casting blame.  Officers – stop blaming all of your corps people on the loss of members (you might be warranted sometimes – go to specific people!) Soldiers – stop blaming your corps officers or the officers before the current ones!  We all have a responsibility in the here and now to lead and to shepherd people to Christ.

If we lose a battle, claim it and move on to the next!  To use the euphemism again – This war is not over!  We have much ground to gain and we need to persevere and fight on!  Leadership – where ever you may be, if you take credit for the victories, take ownership for defeats as well!  You are the ones to set the vision and assist in seeing that vision to fruition.

You might agree or disagree with me, that’s fine.
At the end of the day I want all of us (myself especially) to examine our places of authority. Whether it’s in the corps or at headquarters.  We either do this together, or fall apart trying to do our own thing!

Something more for our army to ponder today!

Stay tuned to tomorrow’s pondering on 5 Things Leaders SHOULD do!  trim
***Disclaimer:  The opinions expressed in this pondering are the writers thoughts and opinions, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts and opinions of The Salvation Army…read discretion advised. ***

Dear Salvation Army, When Leadership Fails

 “The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”  Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” (1 Samuel 3:10)

The calling of Samuel is a tragic story.
It should not have happened this way.
When we think of Samuel we only remember him anointing David at God’s behest, but many times we don’t think of why Samuel was called in the first place.

The short version:
Eli (High Priest at the central sanctuary of Shiloh, where the Ark of the Covenant was kept) and his sons had failed within their leadership responsibilities.  Eli had turned a blind eye to his sons wickedness.  In a way Eli allowed their activities to continue by not dealing with the situations.  A personal/painful note: dealing with situations and sin issues is hard enough, when it’s within the family it can be even harder.

Samuel is called by God, because Eli and his sons had failed.
It is actually a very tragic tale that could have been avoided, but this story should also serve as a lesson in leadership, integrity and accountability to all of us who are serving Christ within The Salvation Army.

No, I am not calling anyone out…but sometimes if the shoe fits…

Heart Attacks And Leadership…
When someone has a traumatic cardiac event (heart attack), there are usually warning signs before the actual event:  Extreme fatigue,  a feeling of suffocating, trouble catching ones breath, dizziness, profuse sweating, a sudden flu or cold days before, panic attacks, chest pains.
-These are just a few warning signs that could indicate someone ought to have their heart checked.
Becoming attentive to these warning signs could potentially save someone’s life.
Ignoring such signs, well, I’m sure you get the picture.

Just as there are warning signs with failing hearts, there are also warning signs with failing leaders as well.
To ignore such signs could become very tragic indeed.

3 Warning Signs The Indicates Leadership Failure:

1. When Leadership Becomes Lethargic and Stale: apathy
When I say “lethargic” I wish to convey the notion that apathy and laziness is a real killer to organizations!
We, as an Army, have no room for apathy and laziness.
We, as an Army, cannot afford to NOT care about the souls of the lost.
We, as an Army, cannot turn a blind eye to the suffering of people…EVER, regardless of who they are, where they’re from and what they currently stand for.  We cannot ignore this warning sign if it is present within our ministries.  Lethargic leaders are dead leaders walking.  Organizations and Churches have seen far too many of these leaders, we cannot keep the mission while entertaining such a failed form of leadership.  Apathy will lead to God selecting others to replace us if we allow it to become our identity as leaders.  Such leaders are not godly.  Such leaders will be removed.  Such leaders will be held accountable to God.

shallow2.  When Leadership Becomes Anorexic: 
You know the devastating effects of anorexia on the body.  It is a sad disease that robs people of their dignity and ultimately their lives.  In the same way, there is such a thing as anorexic leadership.  It is the “spiritual” leader that has no spiritual depth.  It is the leader that lacks integrity.  It is the leader that says one thing but does another.  It is the leader who isn’t willing to do the hard work but expects the hard work done by other people.  It is the wasting away of the spiritual body that leads to the death of the spiritual body.  Anorexic leadership will kill an organization.  It can kill The Salvation Army.  If leaders are appointed, who have no spiritual depth, but instead are simply climbing the ladder and are in search for power and personal gain, it will kill an organization!  It will kill the mission!  Please, please, please, note this warning sign, dear Army.  Anorexic leadership is very real and, dare I say it even exists right now within our Army in various forms.  Don’t allow it to waste you away!  Don’t allow it to hollow us out.  Don’t entertain such folly.  It. will. kill. you!

3.  When Leadership Becomes Amaurotic: blind
Eli, the High Priest, turned a blind eye to the actions and activities of his sons.  He was guilty because he did nothing to intervene and to stop the sins taking place.  Let’s call sin for what it is.  Let’s not beat around the bush.  If we see a brother or sister stumbling or falling back into old sinful patterns WE MUST DO SOMETHING to save them!  Dare I say (and dare I will) that if we turn a blind eye to their activities, we too are just as guilty!  The word “Amaurotic” is related to a medical condition of the eyes.  It is what happens when damage takes place to the eyes that causes blindness of one kind or another.  Amaurotic leadership, is blind leadership.  It is leadership that is gutless.  It is a “do nothing” leadership that does not hold people accountable and does not keep the standards high within the body of Christ.  We are called to be set apart.  blind1We are called to be a city on a hill.  We are called to be salt and light.  But what happens when that light begins to dim?  What happens when that “set apartness” is all meshed back up with the old sinful ways so you can’t tell them apart anymore?  We need clear vision.  We need solid soldiers.  We need solid officers.  We need solid leaders who can see even into the difficult things and not turn a blind eye.  If we lose the vision, the body will fall apart.  If we fall apart, God will chose someone else.  God will appoint someone else to replace us.

The Warning Signs & Organizational Observations:
Organizations can sometimes overshadow the mission, it can become too big for its own good.  It can develop so much that the “developing” aspect eventually replaces the original mission and reason for being.  Eli and his sons, lost their way.  They became too important in their own minds.
Organizations can sometimes play politics instead of practicing prophecy.   mouth
I don’t mean “fore-knowledge” like predicting the future.  What I mean is that a prophet of God is to be the very mouth piece of God.  One who speaks for God.  One who leads others to God.  One who ushers souls and lives to be transformed by God.  A mouth piece of God practices holiness and lives holiness.  Sometimes, I fear, The Salvation Army is better at playing politics than practicing prophecy.  I don’t mean everyone, but sometimes we can lose our way.  Sometimes we can become lost in the mix of “business”, policy, “law keeping” instead of life changing, heart reconciliation, “Holy Spirit moving us once again to our knees” kind of  practicing.

Questions to ponder today: 
Have we become lethargic in our ministries?
Have we become anorexic with our spiritual depth?
Have we become amaurotic with our mission?
I don’t offer this pondering today to accuse or provide some sort of “guilt trip”, I merely wonder if it’s time once again to kneel before Father with a spiritual check-up and possibly become reconciled to Him again.

God replaced Eli and his sons, he could very well do the same with us if we are not living as we should!
May this be a sobering reminder to us all today.
Perhaps this is a wake up call.
Perhaps this is a warning to our hearts by the Holy Spirit to continually seek repentance and live out His calling upon our lives.

-Something more for this Army to ponder today.
To God be the glory!

Dear Salvation Army, 3 Healthy Habits For Soldiers

To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ…” Ephesians 4:12-13

crestWe as an Army are in the Kingdom building business.
Our employer…no, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has given us this great commission.
We are more than a church…
we are a movement.
We are more than just another social services agency…
we are a part of the body of Christ committed to reflect His image in the corners of the world that we are called to.

This is a tall order.
We are to be like Christ
…and yet in our own strength we cannot accomplish this calling in our lives.

In our own strength we will fail.
(Trust me, I’ve fallen flat on my face far too many times to count.)
In our own strength we will fall horribly short.
So, with that being said, what sort of attributes do we need in order to make this “reflection of Christ” visible?
What do we need to do in order to be the best soldiers for God?

Today I would like to offer just three healthy habits for Soldiers.
This is not an exhaustive list, nor are these the only healthy habits to commit to, but these will perhaps get us all on the right track if we aren’t already there.

3 Healthy Habits For Soldiers: 

pray1) Prayer Never Ends!
Make prayer more than a scheduled time in your day.
I’m not saying don’t have scheduled time, but don’t put prayer in some sort of manageable box that you keep those conversations with the Most High in.  Don’t leave the conversation.  Yes, begin it in the morning, but don’t ever end it.  Take the conversations with God with you into every moment of your day.  Obviously to be seen talking out loud to yourself might be frowned upon by some who might think you might be losing it…but instead, in your thought patterns, keep your conversations with God going.  There shouldn’t be an “on/off” switch with heart talks with God.  He has promised to never leave us or forsake us and He is always there, so why not begin to include Him in your every day routines both big and small!  Eventually, the inclusion of God in your thoughts and conversations will change the way that you see the world and others around you.

2) Feast Only On That Which Edifies! breaking-bread_650x366 (1)
You have most likely heard the term “garbage in, garbage out”.  This term implies that if you put garbage (rubbish/trash) into your life, gargage (rubbish, trash) will be what you produce in the world as well.  If you wish to become healthier in life, you wouldn’t feast on high fatty foods from fast food chains every day now would you?   No, instead you would begin a rigorous attempt to eat right and to exercise.  The same can be said of the heart and soul.  These attributes of the body requires maintenance and they require the right kind of nourishment.  If we claim to be a disciple of Christ but we constantly binge on garbage with only a sprinkling of His Word, then we are seriously starving our spiritual life!  It should be no surprise when we find ourselves spiritually dry and lacking fortitude, we haven’t been working out and staying in shape by feasting on the right kinds of things!

Listen, if we wish to walk in faith with Christ BUT we haven’t surrendered our old ways of life, then something is terribly wrong.  The old must pass away in order for this rich, new life to thrive and grow!  We just cannot hold onto both.

From the Word: 
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
(2 Corinthians 5:17)

from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. 11Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water?” (James 3:11)

Make sure that you are feeding your souls with the right kinds of things!  Don’t starve your spirit with junk food and things that will only stunt the potential growth that God has in store for you!

step3) Step Up And Out!  
When we take prayer seriously and we include God in our daily routines things will change.
When we begin to feast on the edifying fruit of God, things will change…
Stepping up and out will not always be the most comfortable thing you ever do, but it does become a true test of who God has called you to be!  It not only benefits other people, but it also improves our skills and abilities in sharing our faith!

The real the tipping point in it all is this:
Do. Not. Keep. It. To. Yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Step up.
Help others along!
In the words of General William Booth – “Do something!

It is like that old Sunday School song “This Little Light of mine”:
One of the verses goes – “Hide it under a bushel, NO I’m gonna let it shine!!”
When we include God in our daily conversations and we are feasting on the things that edify this new creation within us, we can’t help but proclaim His goodness and love!

soldierWill there be discouraging days?  Of course.
Will we ALWAYS feel like proclaiming, and ALWAYS be in the mood to share?  No, not always.
Will we be happy all the time?  No way!

When we invite God’s presence to travel along with us both with the important and the less important things in our lives, we begin to see how much He loves other people around us.  This love will propel us forward into service.
We are saved to save!
We are saved to serve!

This is NOT an army of mediocre washouts and wishy-washy salvationists!
NO!  We are here to be Christ’s hands and feet!
We are here to proclaim His name in both the good days and the bad days!
We are here to serve the lost, the poor, the widow, the orphan.

If you are reading this today, chances are you long to improve your soldiership as well!
If you are reading this today, you, like me, believe God is calling us to a deeper service and a deeper understanding of the sin-sick world we serve.
We all have room for improvement.  We all have room to grow.  We can all reflect more of Christ and less of ourselves…but only through the transforming power of the Holy Spirit!

Do you long to be a healthier Solider for Christ?

Perhaps these three healthy habits can help you on your way to becoming the Soldier Christ has called you to be!

-Something more for this Army to ponder today!
To God be the glory!

Dear Salvation Army Officer…

I wanted to talk with my fellow Officers for a moment today.

Just a simple dialogue.

Spoken or unspoken there is, within our officership, this need to prove ourselves worthy of more responsibilities and ministries to the point of unholy ambitions in our Army.  I am not saying don’t work hard, don’t do your best but if our intention is to “outshine” other fellow officers…If our intention is to “look better” than everyone else…if our intention is aimed at solely pleasing our leaders regardless of how we do that…we will have aimed at the wrong goals.

crest3Outcome Based Success…
Much of the time, our success seems to be based upon “goal oriented” outcomes.  In a business world this is understandable because in the business world they deal with numbers and figures.  Our primary purpose as an Army and as officers is for people and helping those people with the physical and the spiritual needs.  We cannot simply use goal oriented outcomes.  There is a danger of seeking success solely through these means of outcomes.  The danger is that we can lose focus on the very people we are attempting to save and serve.  It is often a fine line to walk.

What if we feel Unsuccessful in an Appointment? wounded
What happens, dear officers, when all that we feel about the place that we have been appointed to is failure and defeat?  What occurs in our hearts?  Is our self-worth tied up completely in living and dying by some sort of “success” meter in Officership?  If we do not have 100+ people coming to Holiness meetings on Sunday mornings then we are utter failures as officers?  Is that how we are to view appointments?  More than likely, on average, your Sunday services are a lot less than 100 people.  But why do we play the numbers game and think this is our measure of self-worth?  Were we misled to think this way?

I do remember coming out of Training College sort of living and breathing the song “We’re gonna fill, fill fill the world with glory!  We’re gonna smile, smile smile and not frown…”  But then the real world hit me square in the face.  The world, where in order for some people to receive the glory, hard work and love needs to take place first.  We serve in a mighty army but many that we serve are hurting, broken, spiritually wounded and stunted.  Miracles do happen but we cannot expect this calling to be a cake walk either.

nevermindBut Be Encouraged…
Although we face a lot of difficulties as Officers and often times we take the burdens of others home with us, we are not alone in this fight!  We are soldiers and we serve, first and foremost, the Commander of this Army – Jesus Christ!  He has commissioned those Christ-followers to make disciples…and in our Army, perhaps this translates to one or two people in our corps right now.  Perhaps it’s not so much about absolute victory in our communities right now, but rather the healing and restoration of a few hurting souls that we already know.

Let earthly success worry about itself…take off that heavy burden that sometimes has been thrust upon us by misleading notions of heavenly success.  Let’s do our best, but don’t forget to keep the main thing the main thing in the process.  Losing sight of our principle relationship to the Lord can will cause us to lose sight of every other priority!

We are One Army…be encouraged dear Officer, we serve a mighty God who will provide us the means and direction for the future with and sometimes in spite of those who lead the way.
Something more to ponder today in our Army.
To God Be The Glory!

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