"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

1/9/12

You're Already Enlisted

I'm at The Barn Door today, talking about some of the stuff I've learned about snow clothing and kids since I moved from sunny California to...um...West Michigan. Come check out my lessons, and epiphanies, in Snow/Winter Clothing Rules.

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The U.S. military is currently a volunteer organization. But it hasn't always been that way. Most people reading this blog, I would wager, have never been drafted into the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or any other branch I'm not remembering.

There hasn't been a military draft in the U.S. since 1973, when I was still in elementary school. I know my uncle was drafted into Vietnam when I was very small, and many protested during that time, upset (probably too mild a word) that they were forced to fight.

But there's another war, and another army, that does NOT take volunteers.


(Not my kids, by the way) 
As Russ Molag, my adult Sunday School teacher said just yesterday, "God isn't looking for volunteers in His army - He's already enlisted you!" When you become His child, you're automatically a member of His fighting force.

You don't need to decide IF you are in His army. All you need to conclude is whether you will be a dedicated fighter to the spiritual war that rages.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12
Are you sitting on the sidelines, ignoring the arrows that fly about you? Can God depend on you to put on His armor and quench the fiery darts that fly from those principalities and powers on the devil's side?

You're already in the army. If you want to please Him, you need be a good soldier for Him.


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Traveling Rough Roads With God's Strength

4 comments:

  1. This is the third time am hearing this message in the last couple of days. I pray that God gives me the strength to stand up and fight in his army. Thanks Joanne for sharing.

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  2. Already enlisted and putting on my gear with these adorable kids this morning! Are they yours, Joanne?

    peace~elaine

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  3. Super cute video. Great reminder to be an attentive soldier for Christ.

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  4. Great post! And loved the video! Thanks for the reminder to stay alert with our eyes on our commanding officer!

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