Thursday, March 22, 2007

He Gave Us Boys

U.S. Army Pfc. Pedro Rangel provides security with an M240B machine gun from a rooftop while fellow soldiers begin work on building the new combat out post in Ghazaliya, Iraq, Jan. 14, 2007. Rangel is with Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Martin K. Newton.
Throughout history, long before the marines, God has been looking for a few good men:
“For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him” (2 Chronicles 16:9a)
“I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap” (Ezekiel 22:30a).
God, give us men. Give us Noahs, to whom you can trust your mighty plans; give us Abrahams, who are willing to leave home and homeland to follow your call; give us Josephs, who would rather endure prison then violate one of your commands; give us Moseses, who are willing to stand as your mouthpiece against the most powerful leaders in all the world; give us Daniels, who would rather face a lions’ den then compromise their faith; God give us Men. However, the reality is that God does not give us men - he gives us boys. To us, as parents, he gives the task of forging these boys into men. To help equip us for the task, God has provided the book of Proverbs, which is largely the advice of a father to a son … Our children are our legacy. As a parent, are you taking that thought seriously?
Charles Swindoll, “Men’s Devotional Bible”

Proverbs 6:20-22
“My son, keep your father’s commands and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck.
When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you, when you awake, they will speak to you.”


Give us Sams, who serves and protects their county against all enemies both foreign and domestic.

A father and mother could not be more proud to have a son who serves his nation, his family and his friends, willingly, with honor and integrity. The boy by their side is no longer; but rather a man who lives his life with Christ in his heart. A man on his own, who has taken a wife, making his way in this evil world but with Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses and Daniel, Christ’s army by his side, to watch his back.

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