A Soldier’s Courage
"The life of a Christian takes courage."
In 2010, John reenlisted into the National Guard, eventually deploying to Afghanistan where an explosive device hit his vehicle. His initial reaction was to question “Why?” John had returned to the military because he missed the camaraderie of other soldiers, and wanted to be a Godly influence. Out of the entire convoy, John’s vehicle was the only one hit.
John had assumed that God would protect him from trouble. As a Christian, it can be difficult accepting God’s will and plan, especially when it is different from what we expected. He realized that God never promised that the Christian life would be free of struggles, but did promise we would never be alone. John describes Christ as the best Battle Buddy anyone could ever have!
If you find yourself drawn into a battle:
Prepare a battle plan:
- Pray: Know that Jesus is the best Battle Buddy you could ever have.
- Plan: Don’t go it alone- call in support. Seek out other soldiers to help, whether they be friends, pastors, physician, counselors, community or online resources.
- Protect yourself: Eat a healthy diet and try to get enough rest. Avoid situations and people who may cause harm.
- Persevere: Don’t give up and stay committed. God is faithful!
When the battle is wrapping up, find ways to reach out and help other people.
Words to Live By:
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” 1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV).
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed” 1 Peter 4:12-13 (ESV).
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” Psalm 46:1 (ESV).
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” Galatians 6:2 ( NIV).
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 ( NIV).
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV).
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” Romans 8:28 (NIV).
” No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you” Joshua 1:5 (NIV).
One moment life can be rolling along smoothly and suddenly, and suddenly, a traumatic life event occurs. It catches you off guard and shakes the foundation of your world. Anxiety, fear, and depression are common emotional reactions. You might experience sleepless nights and a prevailing sense that life will never be the same. This can also be a time of uncertainty and insecurity. You may wonder, “Why me? Why now? What does the future hold?” This can be a powerful opportunity where one’s faith can be challenged and the purpose of life contemplated, perhaps for the very first time. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of your life, strengthening your faith by putting your trust in God. Talk to him, the One who already understands your fear and wants to comfort you. He is waiting and ready to listen. You are never truly alone!
The Problem of Pain -C.S. Lewis
The Gift of Pain -Philip Yancey
The Reason for God -Tim Keller
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
National Institute of Mental Health
Military Assistance Project