Are You A Good Soldier?
What an honor and privilege it is to be called an American! Thank God for other countries around the world, but to be called a citizen of the United States of America is a freedom that should not be taken for granted.
Perhaps one of the most compelling moments in my life was when I stood on the steps of Arlington National Cemetery. The Honor Guard moved with such precision and poise.
Since 1776, no generation of Americans has been spared the responsibility of defending freedom by force of arms. Forty million American men and women have answered the call to duty, more than one million sacrificing their lives in the belief that some principles are worth fighting…and even dying…to preserve. Only 3,436 of veterans of combat who, in death, remind us of the unknown heroism of so many millions of others.
You are part of the most powerful army that has ever been or ever will be formed. This army does not need half-hearted soldiers!these brave soldiers have been awarded the Medal of Honor, but each and every man or woman who has ever served with honor and distinction is, in a sense, a hero. Among the legacy left by these millions of unheralded warriors are many unknown acts of courage and sacrifice The unknown soldiers buried in Arlington and elsewhere in the world are each recipients of the Medal of Honor -Unknown
Since April 6, 1948, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has been guarded 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, regardless of weather. Millions of Americans annually visit the Memorial Amphitheater to watch these dedicated soldiers of a new generation dutifully pace 21 steps across a black mat on the west face of the Tomb. It is a time-honored ritual, executed with great precision and filled with American pride.
Each “walk” is a shift of one-half hour during daylight hours in the summer, one hour during daylight hours in the winter; all night shifts are one-hour walks. Some people think this “show” stops when the Cemetery is closed to the public in the evening. First, to the men who are dedicated to this work, it is no show. It is a “charge of honor.” The formality and precision continues uninterrupted all night. During the nighttime, the drill of relief and the measured step of the on-duty sentry remain unchanged from the daylight hours. To these men, these special men, the continuity of this post is the key to the honor and respect shown to these honored dead, symbolic of all unaccounted for American combat dead. The steady rhythmic step in rain, sleet, snow, hail, heat and cold must be uninterrupted.
I want to remind you today, teenager, that you too are a soldier. The Bible commands in II Timothy 2:3, “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” You are part of the most powerful army that has ever been or ever will be formed. This army does not need half-hearted soldiers! Just as the soldier at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier guards the tomb 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year, you and I must every day be committed to fight in the battle against the devil. Whether someone is watching our lives or not, WE MUST BE COMMITTED! Today, make a decision that you will be a good soldier for Jesus Christ.
The Sentinel’s Creed
My dedication to this sacred duty is total and wholehearted.
In the responsibility bestowed on me never will I falter.
And with dignity and perseverance my standard will remain perfection.
Through the years of diligence and praise and the discomfort of the elements,
I will walk my tour in humble reverence to the best of my ability.
It is he who commands the respect I protect,
His bravery that made us so proud.
Surrounded by well meaning crowds by day,
Alone in the thoughtful peace of night,
This soldier will in honored glory rest under my eternal vigilance.
I Am a Soldier
I am a soldier in the army of God.
The Lord Jesus Christ is my Commanding Officer.
The Holy Bible is my code of conduct.
Faith, Prayer, and the Word are my weapons of Warfare.
I have been taught by the Holy Spirit, trained by experience,
tried by adversity, and tested by fire.
I am a volunteer in this army, and I am enlisted for eternity.
I will either retire in this Army or die in this Army;
but, I will not get out, sell out, be talked out, or pushed out.
I am faithful, reliable, capable, and dependable.
If my God needs me, I am there.
I am a soldier. I am not a baby.
I do not need to be pampered, petted, primed up,
pumped up, picked up, or pepped up.
I am a soldier.
No one has to call me, remind me, write me, visit me, entice me, or lure me.
I am a soldier. I am not a wimp.
I am in place, saluting my King, obeying His orders,
praising His name, and building His kingdom!
No one has to send me flowers, gifts, food, cards, candy, or give me handouts.
I do not need to be cuddled, cradled, cared for, or catered to. I am committed.
I cannot have my feelings hurt badly enough to turn me around.
I cannot be discouraged enough to turn me aside.
I cannot lose enough to cause me to quit.
When Jesus called me into this Army, I had nothing.
If I end up with nothing, I will still come out even. I will win.
My God will supply all my needs. I am more than a conqueror.
I will always triumph. I can do all things through Christ.
Devils cannot defeat me. People cannot disillusion me.
Weather cannot weary me. Sickness cannot stop me.
Battles cannot beat me. Money cannot buy me.
Governments cannot silence me, and hell cannot handle me!
I am a soldier.
Even death cannot destroy me.
For when my Commander calls me from this battlefield,
He will promote me to a captain.
I am a soldier in the Army, I’m marching, claiming victory.
I will not give up. I will not turn around. I am a soldier, marching Heaven bound.