February 4, 2016

Chaplain’s thoughts … February 5, 2016

Courtesy of Chaplain (Capt.) James Lanford
56th Fighter Wing Chapel

Last Friday, I had the privilege of being a part of the memorial service for someone who was lost in a tragic accident. It was during that service I was reminded of the need to not only live well, but to do my best in all that I choose to do. The quote went like this, “If it’s something worth dying for, then do it well.”

It is quite easy in life to ride the status quo. We may increase our productivity at work just enough to not get fired or just enough to get the promotion, and then its right back to gliding through the work day. When there is someone we like, we may do just enough to get them to go out with us or marry us and then we slide back into our old patterns and selfish habits. When the time for our physical training test comes close, we may increase our running, pushups and sit-ups and then once we pass the test, we may stop exercising for a while. And yet, I don’t think that’s how it should be for us.

We ought to be of the mindset that, “If it’s something worth dying for, then do it well.” Having good health is important. Being able to provide for ourselves and our families is vital. Working to accomplish the mission and holding high the banner of justice and liberty while defending our nation is fundamental. If you haven’t already, spend some time today asking yourself, “Is what I am doing worth dying for?” If so, do it well!

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