We’ve received three letters from Taylor to this point, and he’s doing very well in basic training and loving Army life. One of the things Taylor knew when he chose to enlist in the Army was that there probably wouldn’t be a lot of positive Christian influence there. Lea and I have prayed numerous times that God would allow him to bloom spiritually wherever he is planted. I’d like to share a little of letter #1 that he sent to us…
“Socially things are still pretty tough. It’s hard having conversation and fitting in with very non-christian ‘alpha-male” type guys. You definitely don’t realize how much you miss Christian fellowship until you don’t have any suddenly. On the bright side, I still have my bible and God to talk to.”
My response to him … “Taylor, the Army is training you so you can be ready for every life threatening condition that the enemy may throw at you. They are putting you through EVERYTHING just to prepare you for what might happen in the future. Their goal is to make you succeed when you get on the field, AND they are doing all this crash-course training in about a 6 month time period. SO here’s my thinking. Just like the Army is now training you for the field … Mom and I have been training you spiritually for the past 22 years. We have been getting you ready for this very time … to send you out into the world and succeed spiritually there. The Army’s training will be a fraction of what ours has been, and we have full confidence in the Christian Soldier we’ve trained that no matter what Satan throws at you … you can overcome it. Stay strong. Be in the world, just not of the world.
This morning I can’t help but think how important that training was and how quickly it went by. Seems like yesterday I was standing in a labor/delivery room when he was born. Then I blinked … and that little baby grew up and is now off in the Army! Time certainly doesn’t stand still.
If you still have children at home, value each moment … because before you know it, you’ll blink, and they’ll be all grown up. The years, months, days and minutes are SO important with each child. We don’t have them very long – value them … cherish them … and TRAIN them while you can. Because very soon you’ll blink, and you’ll be letting go too.