Last Updated on April 13, 2023 by OCF Communications

Episode 17 show notes

Today’s guest is Col Hous Waring, United States Air Force, retired, and OCF’s Director of Field Operations. He was also our guest back in episode 5, when he shared with us this idea of learning to thrive in an unbalanced life, rather than straining and striving to balance every single part of our lives. Near the end of that conversation, he chatted briefly about a passage from 2 Timothy, where Paul writes about three characters—the soldier, the athlete, and the farmer.

In this episode, Col Waring unpacks each one of these three characters, and tells us what we can learn from them and apply to our lives.

Conversation outline

  • [1:52] 2 Timothy 2:3-7
  • [2:31] Setting the context: What captures Col Waring’s attention about this passage?
  • [3:43] A perspective on understanding and submitting to authority.
  • [4:30] A closer look at the soldier.
  • [6:06] What do we mean by “sharing in suffering?”
  • [8:52] How does this passage relate to OCF members?
  • [9:48] A closer look at the athlete—should we concerned by the “rules?”
  • [10:55] The relationship between the rules and God’s truth.
  • [12:44] A closer look at the farmer, and what Paul means by “first share of the crops.”
  • [15:40] Why we should “think over these things.”
  • [18:30] A key principle among these three characters—don’t labor alone.
  • [20:09] Some key points to remember.
  • [22:57] Why does Paul mention so many names and people to end the letter?
  • [26:02] A discussion of an OCF leadership program—Rocky Mountain High, at Spring Canyon Conference Center.

More about RMH

In our fast-paced, “plugged in” society, we occasionally need to disconnect and place ourselves in new and challenging environments in order to develop a deeper relationship with God and meaningful connections with others. The Rocky Mountain High (RMH) program fosters this environment in unique ways that will open new doors in your spiritual journey, strengthen you mentally and physically, and provide amazing opportunities to connect with others. RMH is a unique program designed primarily for cadets, midshipmen, and junior officers who are about to begin careers leading the nation’s military, allowing them to participate in outdoor adventures in one of the most beautiful regions of Colorado while they are mentored by Christian leaders who have lived a life of service and walked where someday these young men and women will themselves walk. RMH is also open to college students and recent college graduates who desire to grow in their Christian faith while learning more about leadership. Young leaders are challenged mentally, physically, and spiritually during a week long adventure as they are inspired to live out their faith in their chosen profession.


If you have an idea for a guest or a topic you’d like us to consider on a future episode of Crosspoint, send an email to [email protected].

“You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:1-2).

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