Have I Not Commanded You? Be Strong And Courageous
Eldest SON of Thunder wanted to go to school earlier than usual today. There was a rally he wanted to attend.
It wasn’t one of those pep rallies before the big game. They weren’t meeting in the gymnasium or the big auditorium. They were meeting outside, and no, not the football field.
I drove him up and noticed a small crowd of teenagers and a teacher or two surrounding the flagpole anchored outside Eldest’s school.
Everyone’s head was bowed. A teacher, with eyes closed, was saying something. It was pretty obvious what was happening. They were praying.
Eldest jumped out with one of his friends, waved goodbye, dropped his backpack outside the circle of kids and joined in.
And bowed his head.
And I just watched him; proud and humbled at the same time. Eldest was not prodded to attend. He did it on his own and I didn’t even know what day it was.
What day was national “See You At The Pole” day. Started back in 1990, it’s the day when students and teachers meet at the school flagpole and pray for their school, fellow students and teachers and anything else that comes to mind.
It’s a day when they show their faith in front of everyone to see. It’s a day when they are “strong and courageous.”
I fear we are losing our ability as a society to be strong and courageous. We are a society that places blame on everything and everyone else. “It’s not my fault” and “I couldn’t help it” are becoming our mantras.
Everything – everything – is a choice. We can choose to lay blame or we can choose to take responsibility for our own actions.
We can keep our word regardless or we can forget about it if it gets too tough. We can stand for our beliefs and what we believe is right; or not.
With hundreds of his peers walking past him, Eldest took a stand for what he believed in. He was “strong and courageous.”
And I am very, very proud of you Caleb.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”