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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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February 21, 2014 - More Than Just Noise

By Scott McChrystal

"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal" (1 Corinthians 13:1, NIV).

One of the principles in the Army's leadership doctrine is this: "Know your soldiers and look out for their well-being." Effective leadership demands that leaders know their soldiers and demonstrate genuine caring for them.

One way to show concern is through words. Another way to show concern is through actions. And it's true — usually actions speak louder than words.

But there can still be a missing piece. Leaders can do and say all the "right" things and somehow fail to convey the message to soldiers that they really care.

The missing ingredient is what the Bible calls love. No, not the mushy, romantic kind of love most people associate with the word. Rather, it is a gut-level kind of caring that enables you to place high value on the lives and needs of your soldiers — at times, even above your own.

As a leader, don't just make noise. Show love to your soldiers, or to anyone in your circle of influence — the kind of love God has shown you.

— Chaplain Col. (Ret.) Scott McChrystal serves as the military/VA representative for the Chaplaincy Department of the Assemblies of God. Excerpted from Daily Strength for the Battle, Volume 1.




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