In this post, I want to mention a few events that took place today.  We did our 1-1-1 physical fitness assessment for the first time.  One of us got a Red Cross emergency call from home.  And I just want to give the next Chaplain candidate a sort of a heads up about what actually goes on in CH-BOLC so they can better prepare for it.

The 1-1-1 physical fitness assessment starts with Army push-ups in one minute, Army sit-ups in one minute, and ends with a one-mile run in shortest time possible.  I like this assessment because I usually terminate my push-ups and sit-ups around the one-minute mark anyway.  The one-mile run is just a one-mile run.  For many, two-mile is too long!  (I did 49 push-ups, 36 sit-ups and ran a mile in 6:24 mins.)

A Red Cross emergency call came for one of the Chaplain Candidates (CCs).  His seven-month-old child is admitted in an ICU.  One of the Cadre (instructors) made the announcement and led us in a word of prayer for the CC and his family.  “May the Lord grant wisdom to the medical team treating his son.”  (I felt a lump in my throat in sympathy with this CC.  This puts into proper perspective that there are a hundred plus others who are going through similar circumstances I’m going through right now–hundreds of miles away from family, out of full-time or transitioning in civilian employment, family members having a tough time with separation, etc.  God, however, is in control of all this.  It is no accident that we are here.  We are training to become Chaplains of the most powerful Army in the world.)

This first week of Chaplain Initial Military Training (CIMT) has seen several CCs who took the oath of office for the first time.  The words ring in our minds the urgency and the severity of our commitments.  We are soldiers–of God first, then of country, also–Pro Deo Et Patria!

Small Devotional for my family: (from Proverbs 25)

11: “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.”

17: “Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour’s house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.”

19: “Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot our of joint.”

Principal lesson: 21, 22: “If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.”  Essentialy, as Keith Brooks writes, “The way to turn an enemy into a friend is to act friendly towards him.  If it does not gain him it will aggravate his sin and punishment, and will heap the coals of God’s wrath upon his head” (Summarized Bible).

Prayer: “Help me to think of others when I pity myself about the circumstance that I’m in.  Keep me to remember that You are in control, my responsibility is to trust and obey You.  Grant me strength and wisdom sufficient for the day.  In Christ’s name, Amen.”