Day 36, Making Preparations...Don't Miss the Point.
Tomorrow morning, around 0600 I will wake up, put on my entire uniform and go to a couple of meetings with my supervisors (XO) and work out the plan for the day. Immediately following I will rush over to pick my Chaplain Assistant and make every possible final check in our preparations for the 'COMMANDER's PRAYER BREAKFAST'. Around 0730, I will go to the hotel on post, the Lagerhof, and pick up the full-bird (Colonel) Chaplain with his Sergeant Major, and escort them to the Dining Facility for the Breakfast, where he will (the Chaplain) will be the guest speaker.
How many will show up? I have no idea. But this will be the first Prayer Breakfast, that our unit has had since we have become, 4-70th Armor Battalion. So,...pretty big ordeal. (well, atleast for me.) The service will be approximately 1 hour long. I will play a little guitar, a simple breakfast, 3 prayers for soldiers, families, nations, etc.; then the guest speaker.
Ok. Here' the odd thing about it. I am a Captain, not real high on the Chaplain/Officer food chain. My immediate Boss will be there, my rater will be there, and a Full Bird Southern Baptist Chaplain will also be there (my guest speaker). Oh....and wait,...what am I doing this for?....oh yeah. Don't miss the point here,...my Sovereign Lord will also be there, who I am pretty sure not only out ranks them all, but is truly the only true recipient of tomorrows' attention.
How often I think in this occupation, it is so terribly easy to forget...I am doing this not for soldiers or command, but for the glory of God. My attention tomorrow should be to all the details, I know, but if I miss the point of bringing Glory to the risen Christ Jesus, I have failed. A clear opportunity to make known the reason for my hope that I have.
Bottomline: How often do you DO things that have little to no reflection that our chief end is to glorify God? Even things that are laced with religiosity? God is not honored by our bulletins or fancy music ensembles, if he is merely a punchline or logo/trademark. I pray tomorrow, I don't miss the point.