By Spc. Neil Moncrieffe
“Fear not for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
— Isaiah 41:16
Life is not easy, and some people set goals but get caught up with facing struggles and obstacles throughout their lives and tend to never accomplish their goals.
However, a goal without a plan is just a dream, and by including God into our plans, he will guide us along the way in achieving our goals, or whatever the aim is that we seek out.
I’m here to remind you that God has a plan for everyone, and it is important and beneficial that we include him into everything we do because he’s always listening, watching and willing to help us. But we also have our role to play by inviting him into everything we do.
With all the odds stacked against me in Basic Combat Training during the Forge — the last field training exercise, consisting of more than 40 miles of road marching, combat obstacles and patrol base coverage of over 80 hours — I never lost faith in God and never questioned his decisions as he gave me the strength to “embrace the suck” and push through.
There are plenty of people who have forgotten God and have lost faith in him because maybe things didn’t quite turn out the way they had envisioned it. As a result, they begin to question God and slowly neglect him.
I believe that God is always watching over us, and though he might not answer all our prayers at once, he hasn’t forgotten about us, and we shall do the same by maintaining our trust in him, continuing to believe that he’s always there for us.
Don’t ever give up on your dreams — through Christ, everything is possible.
Editor’s note: Moncrieffe is a religious affairs specialist at Fort Leonard Wood.