In the United States, this weekend is set aside to honor our veterans. Veteran’s day is a solemn remembrance of those who have served our country and an acknowledgement of thanks for those who are still currently serving. Those who have been in the military understand a level of service and sacrifice that few will experience, and we are thankful for each one of you. We could think of no better way in commemorating this day than by having a beloved member of community share about her experience as she currently serves in the U.S. Army.
I'm writing to you from a tent in the middle of Lord knows where: I have no running water and have only the natural light from the sun to complete my daily tasks. I haven't had a shower in days; days which will turn into weeks.
I am responsible for a team of soldiers, so everyday I wake up before the sun to ensure that they are up and moving, they’ve eaten, and have all the gear they need. Then we, as a team, accomplish whatever task we’ve been given for that specific day. And honestly, sometimes I feel like a glorified babysitter.
I have been serving in the military for almost ten years - nearly a decade of my life! And I have to say, despite how utterly miserable it can be, I absolutely love it.
Two days ago, I had another soldier walk up to me, completely out of the blue, and tell me, "I just wanted you to know that I have a mad amount of respect for you. I’ve heard about you - you’re the one who makes impossible things happen."
What he said stopped everybody around us in their tracks. They looked at me wondering who I was and what I did that commanded the respect of the junior enlisted soldiers.
In that moment, all I could say was thank you. I was so shocked I didn't know what else to say.
It took me a solid two days to digest what he told me. I'm not as invisible as I intended to be. Two days ago I officially learned that I'm more than just a team sergeant. What I say is heard, acknowledged, and carried out. I've learned that I'm a leader worth following. I am a woman with authority.
While not all of us are serving in the military or physically protecting those around us, we have all been given a realm of influence - there are places where we have authority.
You can change the atmosphere of your workplace by working from a place of peace instead of striving and competition.
You have the authority to pray for miraculous things for your family, community, state, and nation.
No matter where you are in life, what your profession is, or your background - as a daughter of the King, you carry incredible weight in this world.
My hope and prayer for you is that you can step into that place of authority today. Go to the mat for someone else in prayer, bring calm to the chaos in your work environment, rise above the fray of gossip, set the tone of love for those around you. The world is waiting for you to step into and own the authority you’ve been given.
And, to those of you who have served and those who continue to serve us every day, we want to say “thank you”.