Go Navy!

February 10, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

          We all have those moments in our lives that we can look back on and think, ‘man, what would have happened if I kept pursuing that path?”  This is one of those moments for me.  It was 1988 and I had just graduated from college after five great years.  I was heading to graduate school and had recently taken a job as a local Youth Pastor.

          I had decided, for some reason, several years earlier, that I’d wanted to be a Naval Chaplain.  I wanted to marry them and bury them. I always loved the ocean, and thought this would be a chance to minister to the sailors aboard an aircraft carrier, distant land, or hospital. 

          So, I joined the enlisted reserves as a Chaplain’s Assistant in 1986 to get a feel for the enlisted life.  It was a great decision.  After a few years of training on the weekends, I was ready to take the next step and get my commission.  I still remember that day when I was sworn in and officially became a Naval officer.  Then, going back to the same base where I was a lowly E3 with an ensign bar on my coat…  now, THAT was great! 

          Little did I know, however, how much life would change after only a year.  I walked away from seminary a year later to pursue a ministry position in California never to continue the pursuit of being a Naval Chaplain.  It was a huge divergence and, sometimes, I wonder what life would be like if I’d stuck with it.  I’m glad now that I didn’t, despite all the challenges that followed, because I would have never seen my kids or had my beautiful Mrs. in my life today. 

          It was only a few years later, after leaving for California, when that building where this picture was taken, was blown apart by a domestic terrorist in Oklahoma City.  Life had changed for everyone then... 

          Looking back can be painful and it can be joyful.  We can learn from our past choices and, hopefully, help others to make good ones moving forward.  Do I regret not going that route?  Maybe a little at times.   Will I always love the Navy?  Yes sir!!... 

          So, today, I want to say we support our men and woman in uniform 1000% and am praying for them often; especially with what’s happening in our world today.  These are brave people and we love each and every one of them...  

Many blessings my friends and fellow sailors out there!



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