By Chaplain (Capt.) Brent Sanders
Special to GUIDON
Everywhere the Army sends me I hear the refrain: “Do you like to hunt and fish?”
Not one to sit motionless for extended periods of time, I’ve never developed this seemingly mandatory passion. Besides, I’ve learned this is really code for, “You’ve landed another boring assignment in the middle of nowhere.”
Over time, I’ve learned to simply say, “Yes, I love to hunt and fish.” I’m being completely forthright; I just neglect to mention that I’m “hunting” for opportunities to serve my nation by serving its sons and daughters. You see, the Bible calls the Christian to be a fisher of men. (Mathew 4: 18—22).
After a recent luncheon with my new Aussie friends, discussing vegemite and kangaroos, I discovered a new song from my favorite Christian band, the Newsboys. It seems they wrote it just for me.
Go, go, And I will make you fishers of men
Go, go, I don’t care who or where
Just go, go, and I will make, I will make I will make you fishers of men
This is the mission, should you accept it.
Your invitation to get connected, get connected, get connected
Seven billion people on a spinning ball, and they all mean the world to you.
As chaplains, we have the awesome privilege of connecting with Soldiers/trainees on a heart level and reminding them that no matter who or where they’ve been, they mean the world to God and they have value and a purpose. This gives them the encouragement to drive on. Sometimes we fish for five minutes, sometimes we sit for hours. It’s always time well spent. Of course, we always take the Soldier and “throw them back” to their unit for another day of training.
Who in your pond could use a little more connection? Are you willing to take the time and invest in their lives? Remember the big picture. You don’t have to reach all seven billion. Situational awareness will tell you when an investment of time is needed. Just give thanks for being placed in such a well-stocked “pond” in which to make a difference for the greatest Army in the world.
(Editor’s note: Sanders is the U.S. Army Military Police School chaplain.)