This weekend, my husband and I attended the Navy Ball celebrating the Navy’s 236th birthday and 50 years of the Navy Seals. I love these kind of events because of the caliber of person I’m around – men and women, like my husband who is now retired Special Forces, who train hard and are always battle ready. People who understand the risks, the sacrifices, the challenges and the failure involved to accomplish their mission at hand, and do what they do anyway.
Oh, that the Church today was more like this special operations community! Oh, that every woman who signed up to be a follower of Jesus Christ got the training necessary to make a disciple out of her. Oh, that we had a Creed like the Green Berets or the Seals that made us want to be more than just church goers. Well, since I can dream, maybe part of the Seal Creed would sound like this in a Christian context:
“I will serve with honor in and out of Church. The ability to control my emotions and my actions, regardless of circumstance, sets me apart from other women. Uncompromising integrity is my standard. My character and honor are steadfast. My word is my bond. I expect to lead and be led. In the absence of orders, I will take charge and lead my sisters in Christ to accomplish our mission which is to Love God, Love People, and Make Disciples. I WILL NEVER QUIT. I will persevere and thrive on adversity. My God expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I WILL GET BACK UP, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my sisters and to accomplish the mission. I AM NEVER OUT OF THE FIGHT. Discipline is demanded. Innovation is expected. The lives of my sisters and the success of our mission depend on me – my technical skill, my tactical proficiency, and my attention to detail. MY TRAINING IS NEVER COMPLETE. In the worst of conditions, the legacy of those who have died and gone before me steadies my resolve and silently guides my every deed. I WILL NOT FAIL.”
Oh, how my heart yearns to be this kind of Christian woman and to serve alongside other women who have this very same resolve.
** Guest blog by Susie Walther who lives this creed and inspires others do to the same at http://www.thewellbiblestudy.org in Tampa, Florida.