“Basically, when you get to my age, you'll really measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you.” - Warren Buffett, The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder.
Convoy briefings. Those matter. So do pre-combat checks and pre-combat inspections. Pretty important. Safety briefings, mandatory training for preventing sexual assault, and Soldier counseling. Also important. Proper wear of the uniform, professional education, and weapons qualification. All of those things are necessary to ensure mission accomplishment.
But you don't get freedom without the warrior, you don't get the warrior without the Family. The ones you love the most are the ones who are at home waiting for you with open arms when the mission is complete. Those are the people who matter the most.
The bible says that if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. (1 Timothy 5:8)
What matters most outside of our relationship with Jesus is that we have a responsibility to care for our loved ones unselfishly, to provide for them as He provides for us. The way we approach that awesome duty will impact what life after deployment looks like. Neither bad news nor Family discord gets better with time. Own your piece of any relational friction this week and bring reconciliation as you're able.
Be encouraged: God has established the Family as a means of sharing His love with the world. If the enemy is working overtime to disrupt it, double down on prayer and determination to do the next right thing!
LEADER PRAYER: Lord, loving those you've sent me can be a great challenge sometimes, but you've given me the hope of knowing you. I choose to see them as the gift you've given to me. In the midst of deployment stress, help me see them as you see them, and as you see me - worthy of love. They are deserving of the best I can give them! Amen.