August 9, 2012

Chaplain’s Corner: Uncertainty

Lt. Greg Woodard
Station Chaplain

Over the course of my time here in Yuma, I have assisted several individuals who had come to a point where suicide seemed like a viable option. And I have met with Marines who have lost people that they love.

I bring up these events to bring into focus the idea of uncertainty. One of the most significant certainties that I see in life is that uncertainty is part and parcel of the journey for us here on this earth. Many people are uncomfortable with uncertainty because we live in an age of planning and prosperity. The downsizing of our military, the upcoming presidential election and tragedies such as the shooting that occurred in Aurora, Colorado and continuing economic uncertainty have shaken the foundations of our society.

As I have said to the Chapel Protestant Community, I believe that uncertainty can be used for our good. Uncertainty can force us to take a deeper look inside. We have the opportunity to reexamine our priorities, our relationships, and our plans for the future. We are reminded to keep first things first and second things second.

Personal struggles and tragedies, health issues and natural disasters remind us of the brevity of life. When are faced with the shortness of life, we are reminded that we will all leave a legacy and that the way we live matters. Our character can be formed according to the hallmarks of a good life if we live according to virtues such as courage, discretion, self-restraint, justice, hope and love. Considering how we want to be remembered is helpful as we live our daily life.

In my faith tradition, we are called on to fight the good fight of faith and to run well the race of life. Our goal is to be able to look back on our journey and be pleased to see God’s hand guiding us on the path of life. In the midst of uncertainty, be reminded that God is still guiding you into the future and legacy that he desires for you.

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