Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sharing a Private Mulligan Moment

 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends ~ John 15:13

Today's story wouldn't have been possible without two things – permission from our youngest son to share a private Mulligan moment and his willingness to step forward and defend our country during troubled times.  Shane begins his future soldier training today.  He enlisted in the army and chose to serve in the infantry.  Behind every soldier is a family, a network of friends, a community and a country.  He leaves for boot camp the first week in January.

Shane revealed his predisposition for the military by age two.  He wore pajamas that looked like fatigues, carried a camouflage backpack to school and always asked for toy guns and paint ball equipment for birthday gifts.  The first time we introduced him to the monkey bars at the park, he wouldn't come down.  He played on the offensive and defensive lines in high school football and wrestled.  His recruiter got excited when Shane talked about his desire to learn mixed martial arts.  His favorite spectator sport is MMA.

Our enemies fight for the wrong reasons.  They believe if they blow themselves up to kill us they will be rewarded in the afterlife with a multitude of virgins.  They kidnap and rape because they believe they are entitled.  They force others to believe as they believe or be murdered.  I feel sorry for these people.  They are not allowed to read the Bible.  They are blinded from the truth.  They are misinformed.  Their god did not send his only son to die for our sins.  Our God gives us a choice to follow or not follow.  Our country gives us the freedom to worship or not worship.  And our son, soon to be private Mulligan, chooses to defend all our country stands for.  He is not afraid.  I'm thankful for his willingness to defend our freedom no matter what his sacrifices may cost him.  One of Jesus' closest followers said it best in John 15:13,  Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.

You have our 100% support Shane.  I promise you will be in our daily prayers.  

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