Day 4 started at 0400 hours for me. Many of us are staying off post. I’m blessed to have a ride everyday with my battle buddy, 2LT W. Robinson. (He is recently from VA. He’s a teacher. He taught Kevin Durant, now a Guard of the OKC Thunder basketball team.) Normally, there were four of us. All Protestant chaplains. Sometimes, like last night, there were three Protestants: a Baptist (that’s me of course) a Presbyterian and a Pentecostal, plus one Catholic priest and a Rabbi. Only in the US Army!
Formation commenced at 0500 hours. We were in Physical Training (PT) gear. We left our Army Combat Uniforms (ACUs) in the car. This was the day we got weighed in. Those who didn’t pass the height and weight standards had to go through yet another test–the body fat measurements. Certain body fat percentage are allowable. I’m in this category. I’m short but heavy. Nonetheless I think I pass the body fat percentage allowed since I didn’t hear any news from the 1st Sgt. No news is good news.
After the height and weight measurements, we got to wear our ACUs for the first time in CH-BOLC. I’ve never seen so many 2LTs in my military career nor in my life for that matter! (There are some 1LTs, CPTs and a MAJ, who was selected to be our Class Leader. Well, naturally.) We then went to pick up some gear from supply, e.g., helmet, gas mask, etc., and did some classroom time.
The day ended nicely with some motivational speeches from the program manager and others. My body exhausted, aching still from vaccine shots given to me the day before. Seeing and feeling the soldiering equipments and gears against our bodies make us realize the urgency and severity of our oath as officers and chaplains in the best Army in the world. We are serving God by serving those men and women who serve our country. Thus, our motto: “For God and Country.”
Daily Devotional: Proverbs 23. Listed below are the highlights I’ve chosen.
5: “Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not?…”
10: “Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless.” G.K. Chesterton said, “Before you remove any fence, be sure to ask why it was put there in the first place.”
For my daughters:
13: “Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.”
14: “Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.”
(Oh, by the way, I became an uncle today! Jom delivered her baby–Noah Hari–at 2pm, 6 lbs and 13.3 oz. Congratulations, Jom and Harri! Above is a great verse for you both to memorize. LOL!)
17: “Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.”
The next verses are what my wife texted to me the other day. They also help me as they did her.
Psalm 71:16 “I will go in the strength of the Lord God…”
Psalm 71:5 “For thou art my hope, O Lord God, thou art my trust…”
Overall, this 4th day of CH-BOLC leaves me a longing to be back with my family already. Yes, soon. But for now, I serve God by training how to serve those who serve our country. Hooah!