May 4, 2018

Chaplain’s thoughts … Have faith in tough times

“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my savior.”

Habakkuk 3:17, 18

Adversity makes a family stronger. It times like this we pull together and support one another. It is when our strength fails that we can rely on someone who never fails.

In the Old Testament, amidst much consternation and travail, God gives the prophet Habakkuk a good word and in turn, he shares it with the people.

You see, Habakkuk had faith, not blind wavering faith, but an understanding of the awesome power of God. God placed you here for a purpose. Don’t be disheartened, in difficult times; bring heart to these times.

Continue to be an encouragement to your teammates, continue to be prayerful of those in significant, decision-making positions, but most of all, keep your faith. Without it, we are lost. Let the time you have and the relationships you develop be the best investments you make as you continue through your career.

A question you may want to ask yourself is what impact are you making on those around you? Do they benefit from your presence?

I’d like to challenge you to see those around you and be available to assist as they may have a need.

“Heavenly Father, forgive us when we miss seeing the needs of those around us. Help each of us to be a catalyst of your grace to whomever we encounter. In your name we pray, AMEN!”

Courtesy of Chaplain (Maj.) Andre Mooney, 56th Fighter Wing Chapel

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