Living where you don’t want to? Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 May 2017
By Chaplain (Capt.) Tony Cech
Special to GUIDON

As Soldiers and military Families, we end up in all sorts of duty positions and stations: some good, some not.

Over the years, I’ve heard many complain about those positions and places. Some do all they can to find alternate assignments, some wallow in misery, most put life on hold until they can escape. How do you live and work in a place where you don’t want to?
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Jeremiah 29: 4-6 gives us insight.

“This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have children. Also seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

God assigns us where he wants us for his purposes. Sometimes they are good places, sometimes we think not. Our human tendency is to put life on hold in those places. God says we should try and do the things that are normal to life in the places we end up. He calls us to build houses, plant gardens, and settle down.

In other words, he says do the things normal to life, don’t put life on hold; make memories. Our heavenly Father wants us to bloom where we are planted.   

But he also says, “seek the peace and prosperity of that place.” This may mean working for a squad, platoon, company, organization, etc., that you don’t want to. You can affect whether it becomes a better place by your work and praying for it. God expects our best effort and for us to  trust in him for the rest.

Prayer changes things, people, and situations.

The bottom line: recognize that God may have you in a faraway or difficult place with difficult people; a place where you don’t want to be. Accept with grace that God has placed you there to live, work and contribute. Pray for that place and the people there and you might just see God do a miracle in you, that place and those around you.   

(Editor’s note: Cech is the 31st Engineer Battalion chaplain.)
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