Today Brenda and I are kicking off a huge project to honor the men and women serving in the Military.
The project is called, “Care Packages for Christmas”. We are going to be collecting items that can be shipped to the military members of our local community who are serving abroad and will not be home for Christmas this year.
The reason behind this project should be obvious, but to many it is not. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Military.
Everything that America is and ever will be, is because of them. They stand on the front lines defending the Constitution, so that we can enjoy its benefits.
We as Americans have allowed ourselves to become lazy and complacent.
We have forgotten the responsibilities that come with our privileges of freedom.
We have forgotten who it is exactly that protects our freedoms.
We give credit to the politicians, and world leaders, and forget to honor the ordinary men and women who voluntarily surrender their freedoms and often their very lives to ensure that we are free.
I want to post today something from Military Field Manual 6-22. I am posting it as an example of just how the military serves and protects us. They do far more than just go to war and fight for us. They are taught a lifestyle that they live by that ensures that they are prepared for any battle. A lifestyle, that if we as ordinary citizens would follow, would make our country great again.
My question to you today is this, “If we lived our lives according to just this one example from the field guide, how much greater would this country be?”
As you read the following words, please read them and consider how you could incorporate these values into your everyday life to enhance the person you are.
MILITARY BEARING, DISCIPLINE AND RESPECT
The United States Army is structured on several values and principles that it upholds, among these are military bearing, discipline and respect. These principles represent what the organization strongly believes in and governs the most basic customs and courtesies that all its members should abide by, otherwise legal repercussion and punishment is enforced that could ultimately result in separation from the organization.
According to Field Manual 6-22, “Military Bearing is defined as having or projecting a commanding presence and a professional image of authority”. One is to observe a sense of calmness even in the most stressful situations, leaders of the United States Army should maintain their military bearing even in situations where it seems chaotic, out of control or a civilian would respond in panic.
One may ask why so?
The reason for this goes back to situations in where leaders, non-commissioned officers and officers would have to make swift decisions in the battlefield that may affect the lives of their soldiers.
In a world of chaos, their subordinates are relying on their leaders to make the right decision and trusting that those big decisions made is the best out of all the options given. Leaders should be able to make these big decisions with all his confidence projecting out with his military bearing.
A leader should look like a leader, disciplined, confident, and has the skills and abilities to persuade and provide their subordinates with the motivation, direction and purpose so as to accomplish a mission without being easily rattled by problems that arises. Troubleshooting in any given situation, may it be life threatening or not, should be handled professionally in a military manner in where even if you are not sure, you will act accordingly as if you are sure of your decision because if your subordinates senses the slightest fear or uncertainty with your decisions, then you just have lost the battle.
WOW! That is some great advice for all of us.
That was just one of the many guidelines that our military lives their lives by.
What if we conducted ourselves this way in everyday situations?
What if we cared more about how our actions affected others than about ourselves?
What if we were so dedicated to the Constitution that we would voluntarily die for it?
It is my belief that the problems we are experiencing in America today could literally disappear overnight, if we as average citizens read and understood the values that our military members live their lives by.
If we governed ourselves the way the military members do themselves, our nation would still be great. Our Nation would not be on the verge of collapse.
Our children would have strong authority figures in the home who led them and taught them the values that decent human beings possess.
We would not have such a problem with disrespectful children who are capable of murder.
We would have secure children who know that while they are young, they need our leadership and should be thankful for it, not resentful.
Our children would be raised with the values that they will need to posses in order to flourish as adults.
They would grow up and be prepared for the extreme sacrifices that parenthood demands.
They would grow up knowing that the Constitution is worth dyeing for.
So today, I encourage all of you to spend some time on Google looking at the military manuals. Pick just one value a week to incorporate into your family and your life. And watch the miracle unfold before your eyes.
Without respect, there can be no love.
So if your life is lacking in love, maybe you need to look yourself in the mirror and ask what kind of person you really are. Because we all know we reap what we sow!
If any of you would like to assist us in this CARE PACKAGES FOR CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN. Please email me at email@example.com for information on how you too can help us let the Military know that we honor their sacrifice.