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My how time flies

I can't believe I totally lost Tuesday! I blinked and it's now Wednesday! What happened!

My last summer in the guard is heating up and all of a sudden I am dealing with a flood of "soldier issues". It's just amazing to me. I have one soldier who re-enlisted last summer on condition of him being transferred to HQ. No problem, BUT, he needed to pass the APFT before he could go to the school, which is required before he can transfer. That was almost a whole year ago now, and the kid has yet to pass the APFT! He is now complaining and all of a sudden has an excuse not to go to our annual training. I'm pretty sure he is blaming us for his transfer not being completed yet. We have similar issues with other soldiers... it just frustrates me. These guys would not have these "problems" if they just concentrated on taking care of the things they can control, and not complaining about what others are "not" doing for them. Life is so full of things that are not "free". Maybe I am seeing a shift from my generation that struggles with the concept of grace, to a new one that will be struggling with license...

And now for something completely different. I have been saving my pennies for an elliptical machine but it is painfully slow. For sometime I have been wanting to get back into some form of martial art. Not to become the next Van Damme or Steven Seagal, but to improve my overall health and flexibility. After reviewing several Christian resources I think Aikido will be best in line with my Christian faith. It is predominately a defensive form, and seems to flow along with how I handle myself as it is. After reviewing my finances I think I can afford the monthly fees (the group I am looking at is a non-profit, and thus less expensive), and by some (possibly) working of God - I already have gym mats at home in order to practice. I am also considering asking DS1 if he would come with me (the instructor will not take students under the age of 12). I am hoping it might be a good way to bond and enter in good discussions about Christianity and other world views.

Well, I need to run for now. May the Lord richly bless all who come and read this humble little blog.
Verse for today:
Psalm 18 : 28-30, ESV
For it is you who light my lamp;
the Lord my God lightens my darkness.
For by you I can run against a troop,
and by my God I can leap over a wall.
This God—his way is perfect; [4]
the word of the Lord proves true;
he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.

1 comment:

Ms. Coffee said...

This is what comes to mind:

Full Original Serenity Prayer
by Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)
God, give us grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.

Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.

Amen.