In meeting responsibilities as a parent, leader, or even as a Christian, too many become focused on the supposedly big things while missing the small things that are close to them.  One of the most consistent and widespread failures that I’ve seen in military leaders is those who talk about caring for the troops as if they really do care about people, but then they hypocritically abuse their staffs and subordinates closest to them for any number of “gotcha” infractions from their book of limited, legalistic, self-serving morality.  I am ashamed to say that I have met very, very few good leaders during my 23 years active duty and 4 years in the National Guard.  I don’t doubt that there are more good ones.  I’ve heard rumors.  And admittedly, I have actually run into a few really good ones along the way.  But, unfortunately, they are the exception by far rather than the rule.  My experience of military leaders and bosses has been a long line of abusive, dysfunctional, narcissistic, “Type-A” personalities. 

The military, for some reason, tends to promote these type people because they supposedly “toughen up the troops” and “get the job done.”  But I’ve seen way too many of what the late David Hackworth called “perfumed princes” that would shine in the spotlight but would turn very ugly when attention was not focused on them and nobody was looking but the ones who were too weak to harm them.  But people like this are probably endemic in businesses, churches, government, and various other organizations throughout our country.  Part of the reason is that Americans have become “goal oriented” and “results driven” people.  We have all bought into the philosophy that “you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet.”  In other words, it’s okay to abuse, degrade, and belittle subordinates just so long as you can produce results.  Such toxic leaders are probably everywhere in our institutions throughout the nation, mostly because we have turned away from God and quit doing things His way, thinking that we are now successful by our own hand and don’t need any divine help.  Thank you very much, God, but you’re no longer needed here. 

But as we’ve gotten further and further away from God, His Protective Hand, His Guiding Wisdom, and His Empowering Spirit have been pulled away from us with the evidence of the disastrous results all around us.  Aurora, Colorado, Sandy Hook, Massachusetts, and the Boston Marathon bombing are just the tips of the iceberg of all the corruption, decay, and chaos that is rampant in all of our organizations, institutions, and communities nation-wide.  And actually, I’m not so sure that God has withdrawn His Hand of protection or that we have pushed Him away, thinking that we could do things on our own, thinking that all of our successes were due to our expertise and “special-ness.”  But the Bible is very clear about where ALL blessings come from.  If there is any good in people’s lives, it is there because of persistent intervention of God even when we have shunned and rejected Him in our society.  In spite of our willful sin as a nation in so many areas (abortion, homosexuality, arrogance, etc.), His Tireless, Persistent, Relentless, Overpowering Love is still pushed at us every single day, even though we are too ignorant to see it. 

You’ve probably seen the bumper sticker “sh*t happens.”  Of course, we all know that this sentiment is absolutely not true.  Nothing happens, nothing moves, nothing persists in this world, society, or universe without causation.  Things don’t just accidentally happen.  Sure, there are various disasters in nature, but they are always either the result of Divine Will or the result of the supernatural effects of sin on the very land we stand on.  All the sin past and present has a spiritual effect upon the universe around us, causing a constant stream of disastrous things to happen.  Bad things are the natural order in this sin-fallen world.  So if we are not overtaken by these bad things and live a relatively peaceful, safe life, it is because of His constant intervention on our lives and the lives of those around us.  Scripture tells us, “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.”  He not only works in a positive effort to make sure we have bountiful blessings of safety, security, food, clothing, warmth, protection, etc., but He also works in a negative effort to “rebuke the devourer,” on our behalf, keeping us from being consumed by all the sinful and demonic forces that are rampant in this world. 

Otherwise, we would be constantly overtaken by the bad effects of this sin-fallen world or by the Devil and his demons who are hungrily stalking the earth looking for someone to consume.  So, again, if there is anything good in our lives, it is there because of God’s Loving Intervention.  Most of us, however, are completely ignorant of just how much God does for us, walking blindly through our lives, thinking that good things must be attracted to us, coming our way due to our good karma or because we are “special.” 

I pray that God will open your eyes to His work, so that you can see just how much He does on your behalf and on behalf of the others around you.  Once you see just how extensive and persistent God’s daily work is, you will be blessed, realizing how Awesome He is and How Indescribably Large His Love is.

 


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10/07/2017 9:27pm

I agree with you! I also think that we, people take the small things for granted, we are just focusing on the big things and just ignore the small things because we thought that it won't do anything good to us. But as time passes by, I realized that those small things can actually become bigger if we will just know how to appreciate it. I believe that if we will just open our eyes and heart to possibilities, then those small things that we always ignore will turn into big things. Thank you for sharing this with us and you inspired us a lot.

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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