It has been a few days since I have written anything as I have been on orders this week for the military. Today is a very special day for my family. Today my family, extended family and friends will be gathering at the Pentagon to honor my father and celebrate his retirement from the Army Reserves as a full Colonel Chaplain after serving each of us for 30 years. Today’s Thought for the Day is just a few thoughts that I have as I woke up this morning.
Many times when I tell people that I am a Chaplain in the Army and they know my dad or know who he is they often say “following in your father’s footsteps I see.” While there may be some truth to this the fact is God called me to Army Chaplaincy 4 years ago and it was by far one of the best decisions I have ever made. When I reach my retirement age, if I am half the husband, father, Chaplain, Soldier and pastor that my father is then I will consider myself to be successful. It makes me proud when I walk onto a military installation and someone sees my name and asks “are you related to Chaplain Speight at the Pentagon?” My response is always a resounding “YES.” Dad has blazed a path and made such a name for his self that it will be very difficult to fill his boots. You may not know much about military but I can tell you that when the Chief of Chaplains, Chaplain (Major General) Rutherford, is the main speaker at your retirement ceremony you have arrived. This is a BIG DEAL!!
So, you may be asking “how has he managed such an amazing ministry in the military.” I have watched my parents all these years and one thing I know for sure is that they have always waited on God to lead them in the direction they should go. In my personal life when I have tried to get ahead of God and do things my way, well let’s just say that I pay for it dearly.
Wherever you are in life, whatever you may be going through just remember one thing, God ultimately can see the bigger road map of your life. He knows where you have been, where you are and where you are headed, the real question is “are you willing to be patient, listen and go where He leads?” I will be reading the following verse today at the ceremony and ironically this verse was the verse around my very first sermon many years ago. (Dad picked this verse, not me. Amazing how God works)
“Have I not commanded you: Be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9