Of course, politics is not the only place where it is hard to find leaders with the courage, thankfulness, and humble service described in the DePree quote.  While one would expect to see many such leaders in the military, my own experience is that they are not nearly as common as they should have been.  Perhaps God just brought me into contact with so many more bad leaders than the average soldier in order to teach me lasting lessons about the deep impact of bad leadership.  Perhaps He wanted me to be thoroughly convinced that bad leadership is a significant and common problem for soldiers so that I would be zealous about exemplifying and encouraging good leadership wherever God placed me.  In those situations, God always gave me inspiration, insight, wisdom, and influence of some kind so that, even in the worst leadership environments, God’s spirit shined through me as a beacon of hope and truth. 

And in presenting me as an example of a godly man who was diligent and courageous in the Lord’s work, God, perhaps, encouraged others to stand for right, to speak up against wrong, to fight the good fight, to courageously endure hard times, to speak truth to power, and to fight for those that are the lowest and least powerful in a military organization, giving them a voice.  Moreover, I have never given just “lip service” to the value and necessary work of moral leadership.  I have dedicated my life to it and have proven my merit in many organizations and in many moral/spiritual battles against powerful people in large organizations in the U.S. government and the Army.  And although God did not give me victory in this last battle, I’m sure He used the experience to teach or encourage others.  I will not challenge the Master on where He wants me to go or why He made me go through various experiences. 

He has taught me over and over in countless trials and encounters that His way is always best, and He has blessed me so many times with His overflowing generosity of gifts, teaching me each time how enormously faithful and loving He is, so there is no doubt in my heart that God is using this situation for good, not only for me, but for others as well.  Furthermore, I know that He will remember the price I paid and how much I suffered through this experience, just as He will remember and bless the suffering of all of His children.  Although, I may not be able to see the fruition of my fight, I trust my faithful, loving, righteous God and know that He has used this situation for many great works that He will reveal to me when I see Him in Glory. 

More on this tomorrow. 

 


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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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