“What say you?”

The Army Chaplain Corp post has got me thinking about a question I haven’t heard in a while. I worked at a church one time – When someone in our church decided they wanted to get involved and volunteer but were unsure as to where – one of the guys on staff would ask “If you could do anything you wanted and knew you wouldn’t fail – what would it be?”

Today, I would change the question to something like this: “At this time in your life, if there was one thing you could be doing – what would it be?” As I drove back to work from lunch today, I thought about this question. I started going through my mind with the various people I would ask this question of. I have wondered what the responses would be… Some I imagined would give me some other career choice that had some sort of meaning or purpose and then there are others I thought would say, “No changes at all – I’m doing it.”

In the words of Bill O’Reilly, “What say you?” How would you answer the question?

I would answer the question this way:  I’m not content with what I’m doing. I’d rather be a Chaplain in the Army. This question is much greater and wider than me. I am reminded again of Job 42:10, “When Job prayed for his friends… As well as the words of Oswald Chambers, “Then don’t worry anymore about yourself, but begin to do as Jesus Christ has said, in essence, “Pray for the friend who comes to you at midnight…”

We need to carry each other’s burdens. We must move forward in faith together. Forget about ourselves and elevate the needs of others before those of our own. “When Job prayed for his friends…” 

I think if you begin to ask this question of people you are close to or are around everyday you will be surprised at the responses you will get.

What say you?”

Army Chaplain Corp

I know I have mentioned this before in military, prayer, chaplaincy… I would love to have been a Chaplain in the U.S. Army Chaplain Corp.  I still think about it… dream about it… and pray about it.  I still have time since the age limit has been moved to 47.  I can’t tell you how many times I think about this each week.

While at work yesterday, I stopped by the front desk and started sifting through the days newspaper.  On the bottom was Section A of the AJC.  On the front page was part 2 of an 8 part series entitled “Chaplain Turner’s War“.  It’s a great story.  I hope you will take a few moments to stay up with this story.  I hope it will encourage you to pray for our Chaplain’s serving in all branches of our military.  They have a tough job with many things they face everyday… literally in the trenches of war. 

If you are so moved to begin praying, I ask you to pray for Maj. Steve Cantrell, Chaplain in the US Army.  I great friend who loves serving God by serving our men and women in the Army. 

For further reading, I highly recommend A Table in the Presence, by Lt Cary Cash.  I was at Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth with him.  This book tells his story as a Chaplain in the early days of the War in Iraq.