How do you deal with the gravity of the information you take in daily?
Fred R: You have to say “no” to a lot of the information out there. Set your priorities and, if necessary, only read and answer the e-mails from your boss and those you supervise. You don’t have time to read “good” books and magazines—only the best.
Mark F: I rejoice with those who rejoice; and I mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15). I remember that God has permitted me years of training—spiritual, physical, and professional. He has placed me where I am for such a time as this. Also, Proverbs tells us that God makes the righteous as bold as a lion. I am righteous in Christ, so I am called to be bold for Him.
Kenneth S: Establish accountability partners to share the burden. Without breaking confidentiality or privacy, it is possible to have others agree to pray and listen to your load. Pour out your heart and soul to God. I have found the honesty of the Psalmists to be the ticket to “getting real” with God. I lay it out for Him in my journal—where I can collect and express my thoughts—just myself and Him. Months later, when I flip through those pages, I can then appreciate how God was working on me and through me to do something. It also helps me share private expressions that I don’t think anyone else would understand, but He always does!
Marc G: By staying true to Christ—honoring Him and remaining confident in WHOM I believe.
Ron P: I cling to Psalm 90:12 “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
Steve S: My devotional time with the Lord, communicating with family, friends, and coworkers helps me.
What can OCF members do to best support and help you and other chaplains?
Ron P: Pray for God to raise up workers for the harvest field.
Mark F: Pray the prayers of Colossians 1:9-12, Ephesians 1:15-19, and especially Ephesians 6:19-20. Whenever you are gathered with other believers for study and prayer, remember the chaplains you know by name. M
Fred R: Volunteer to lead a Bible study, teach a Sunday school class, read Scripture in the chapel service, or help out with a youth group. Be helpful and supportive—rather than “grilling” them on their faith and practice.
Kenneth S: When chaplains and OCF members/leaders understand their respective ministries, there is always great potential for collaborative events and cooperative ministry activities. Even when sincere theological differences exist between leaders, there can be a respect that values what each is doing to reach service members and their families. Many times the OCF family can best touch the lives of young people consistently throughout the week with its model of small-group ministry Bible studies.