Pricked -n- Convicted

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I have no notion of these men’s walk with the Lord.

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As you well-know by now, Chris Kyle, former top Navy SEAL sniper, was killed Saturday, along with his friend and neighbor, Chad Littlefield. Although I knew not either man personally, I have friends who are in deep mourning because of these losses, primarily because of Kyle’s positive impact on their lives through his post-military work with veterans.

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And because they suffer great at the loss of their own.

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Saturday night when the news came down the line, I was shocked. I immediately chatted with a Marine Corp wife – understandably, she and her wounded warrior soldier man were both heartbroken. As I’m sure a lot of you have been, I’ve been praying for these fallen men’s families and friends and comrades. But ever since Saturday night, something about these men’s passing has been niggling at me. Something in addition to sadness, frustration, anger, and grief.

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This morning as I read a Fox news online update to this story, the niggling became a nick in my heart. This quote in particular pricked me to painful conviction:

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“He (Kyle) didn’t have any fear at all as far as working with an extreme case,” Cox said. “Just like in combat he would take it on head on and do whatever he could to give these guys assistance. There was no fear in helping anyone that may have an extreme case. He was willing to help anyone in need.”

[read full news report here]

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Come again.

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He didn’t have any fear at all… He was willing to help anyone in need.

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Am I? (willing to help)

Do I? (do whatever needs doing)

Why don’t I? (help anyone)

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As children of God, we have a duty. Lots of ’em, actually. But, the main one being to love… To love as Jesus loved. To love others better than our selfish self. To love as a brother. To love a neighbor.

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We have a duty to take love outta our hearts and put it into our collective hands by making actions out of His command.

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Even though news reports focus mainly on Chris Kyle, both of these men carried out God’s directive, didn’t they?

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They came alongside comrades, brothers, friends, and the kin of such… And in doing so, dare I say, they offered hope, shared healing, taught about civilian life readjustment, demonstrated resilience, and encouraged some of America’s most in-need to carry on. The brokenness of people didn’t turn them away; in fact, by all appearances, it drew them closer, it drew them deeper.

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Do you, as a child of God, a soldier in the Divine Army, feel as I do this morning? Pricked -n- Convicted.

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good soldier sd

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Like I already said, I know nothing of either man’s salvation; but I shall not let their lives, their families, and/or their legacies, smolder under ashes of denial.

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In their name, in their honor, and in ways that reflect my Heavenly Commander in Chief’s orders, I, too, shall come alongside and help.

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Yes sir, yes ma’am, I admit that sometimes, okay, oftentimes, the cost of doing so scares me, annoys me, or doesn’t always quite jive with my wants and needs. But the things I covet and hold tight in my sweaty palms  –  well, that stuff ain’t worth nothin’ honey.

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But the broken souls of men and women are worth the cost.

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… willing to help anyone in need ..

 

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6 thoughts on “Pricked -n- Convicted”

  1. So very sad…and yet they died with honor by doing right in their everyday calling even at the cost of their lives. You’re right missy “But the broken souls of men and women are worth the cost.”

    • Miss Connie,
      It is so sad… but we have the choice to honor the way they live or ignore it. Just like we do with Jesus’s life & death & resurrection, aye?

      So good to see you here.

      Blessings.

  2. Convicted. Pricked. Poked. Prodded. Urged.

    He does It all the time to me because HE loves me.

    As always, you hit the nail on the head — and when I think of that expression, I think of the nails that HE endure for me.

    We need to love. All. But it’s hard.

    Love the post — when I read here, I always get another tidbit into who you are, and I likey.

    • Thanks miss Harriett. It’s always great to see you here.

      By the way, I keep learnin’ more about you over at your place too… like your recent piece on your childhood. 😉

      Blessings.

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