Chappy’s corner “What do you see?”

In the middle of the night, the chaplain was awaken by his chaplain assistant with these words, “Hey Sir, when you look up and see those shining stars in the sky what thought comes to your mind?” The chaplain paused for a moment and then stated, “When I see those shining stars I am reminded how great the universe is and how small we are, but I also realized that the same loving God who created the universe has a personal interest in us.” At that point the chaplain asked his assistant, “And what about you?  What do you think of when you see those shining stars?” The chaplain assistant replied, “When I see those stars I think, who stole our tent?”

Both saw stars and both had different points of view about those stars. Two different views, but that’s what makes this world an interesting place. There are folks who are philosophical and others who are practical.  We need both views in our lives.  Being practical is very important in life.  We need to be concerned about food, shelter and other basics of life. That is one reason many folks go off to work in jobs that they may or may not enjoy.  They have bills to pay, and so off to work they go. 

In the military much time and effort is spent on making sure we have the correct amount of resources in order to accomplish our mission. Right now many folks are trying to figure out what we must have to do our mission. But in the process we need to know WHY we are doing this mission.  The reason why we do something becomes the motivation for mobilizing troops, for sending folks into battle and for making those tough sacrifices.

The reason WHY can be a very powerful motivation for a person. Many parents get up early and go off to work in order to provide a better home and future for their children.  They do it because they love their children and want them to have a good life.   That love for one’s family or spouse is not just about practical things like a home, nice clothes or healthy meals.  The love we have for others motivates us to spend time with them, to visit with them, and to teach them about life. One of those things is to look at life not only from a practical point of view, but from a different angle.

Jesus put it this way, “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear? These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.  Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Jesus came into this world to remind people that the key to life is more than what we eat or drink. The key is trusting in a loving God who died for us and who promises to watch over us always. 

When we trust in God, then we will see life in a much better light!

That’s just my thoughts from this Sunny SE corner of South Dakota!

CH (COL) David Gunderson