A few years ago, I watched an interview with Colonel Ted Martin of the 4th Infantry Division. His soldiers had been waiting for weeks off the coast of Turkey while war raged in Iraq. They were waiting for permission from the Turkish government to enter through their land.

“Are your troops ready?” Geraldo Rivera asked. “Or did they get rusty on the ships?”

“No sir. We used the time to train.”

“Are your tanks ready for the desert?”

“Yes sir. We spent a month in the desert. We traveled five hundred miles in the sand to prepare ourselves for what we would face. We are the best trained, the best equipped, and most disciplined fighting force in the world.”

The last decade or so has really made me proud – and appreciative of the soldiers who trained, disciplined themselves, and performed so valiantly in service of our country.

But there are other men and women who make me proud. They are the warriors who stand for God – for the right thing, no matter what.  They have shown that they are warriors by remaining true to:

  • Their identity as a Christian – even when it’s not the popular thing to do.
  • Their personal integrity. They are determined to stay true to their principles
  • Their family.
  • Endurance through pain. Nothing will stop these brave people.
  • Their friends.
  • Their strong faith. They know their God and they know He will continue to be with them.

I am so thankful for these people. They are true warriors for God, and for His purposes.

Are you one of them? May you continue to know God’s greatest blessings!