Cane (by D.A. Cobb)

A few months ago my daughter sent me a cane after my second knee replacement. I’m having a difficult time with balance and she also thought I would look more distinguished. A very thoughtful gift and one I will cherish always.

As I was entering a card shop today a young man, I say in his late teens, held the door open for me. I thanked him and mentioned it was the result from an old Marine Corps injury. He told me he had just signed up with the Marines and would be leaving in a few months. I asked if he was going to the MCRD (Marine Corps Recruit Depot) in San Diego where I took basic training. He said he was going to Pariss Island SC for his boot camp.

It takes special men to voluntarily enter the military especially in time of war. They know and accept the lifetime risks of serving but do so with the strength of a warrior and the optimism of a winner.

Before parting I asked him why he enlisted and he gave me three reasons. First to serve and honor his country and second to make sure he could do it. Third was to follow in his brother’s footsteps. What a young man and with such noble goals! When I returned to my car I sat for a few minutes and lifted him up to the Father for his safety and wellbeing and for his family to be strong and supportive.

Little did he know he was using a few words  spoken by Jesus as He predicted His death,

“Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” John 12:26

The words serve, honor and follow are the foundation of my Christian faith. Without them my walk would be meaningless and my eternal future far from certain. These words are this writer’s inspiration to serve Christ in every way possible, to honor Him at all times and to follow His instructions with obedience and love.

Jesus, even in His darkest hour, abided by these words as He witnessed to the Father. He was mocked and beaten, a crown of thorns placed on His head and His body attached to a wooden cross in a way that made breathing nearly impossible, He had nails hammered into His wrists and one spike grotesquely punctured both feet.  And yet, He served, honored and followed His Father even into death.

Take a moment and reflect on the message found in Mark 10:45

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