They charge like warriors; they scale walls like soldiers. They all march in line, not swerving from their course.
Danny's oldest son, Giovanni, recently makes a life-changing decision, one that has us bursting with pride. He enlists in the U. S. Air Force! As I write this, Giovanni is in Week 3 of basic training, and is slated to graduate on June 14th. Then it's off to Air Force school for another four months, where he will learn the skills required to become an avionics technician.
When Giovanni graduates from high school several years ago, with no desire to go to college, but with four years of Jr. ROTC under his belt, Danny and I think he might join the military right away. Looking back, though, we realize that he had neither the confidence nor the maturity to make such a choice. Giovanni lives with us for quite some time, working different jobs and helping with some bills. During these years, he develops a keen interest in guns, and takes part in many air-soft military mock-up events. Here are a few photos from some of those occasions.
He certainly looks the part of a soldier, doesn't he? All well and good, but now, it's the full meal deal! We follow the weeks of basic training at this official Air Force website. It's gratifying to get a glimpse into what Giovanni's life is like now.
What I deem most compelling in these videos is the fact that these soldiers in training, from all races, backgrounds and experiences, learn to work together, to watch each other's backs, and to march in line, not swerving from their course.
I find myself reflecting, as I see the determined efforts of these brave men and women, on if we as Christians, no matter our denominations, would stand together, work together, for the Good News of God's kingdom, what a phenomenal difference we could make! Just as these young soldiers come to realize that they are part of something much bigger than themselves, we, too, are part of the biggest fighting force ever, assembled in the name of Christ Jesus, and led by our God of the Angel Armies.
I'm ready to enlist! Who's with me?
Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you've done everything, to stand. ~Ephesians 6:13
Prayers for Giovanni and his fellow soldiers who have voluntarily chosen to serve and defend our great nation are very much appreciated!
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