As my wife Alicia wrote in her vocabulary lesson, Friday was a day back to work for me. I didn't want to be back to work and dreaded it for a variety of reasons that I won't name here. Yet God blessed me on the ship in the following ways:
1. It was an easy day. Aside from the rustiness that I naturally had to shake off after a few weeks of vacation, the day was splendid with very few issues. I needed that so badly and I'm grateful that God provided that.
2. I got to meet up with some of my guys. I call them my guys because I don't want to call them proteges. I mean, honestly, it would be horrible to label them that way. Who would want to be known as my protege? But the fact is, I have been, in some way, mentoring these men for the last several months. Checking in on them was a joy. I heard many great stories of stand down and where they were with their walk.
One of my guys let me know that his application to become a US Navy chaplain was almost complete. Another told me that he wanted to come to church with me this coming Sunday. The third warrior I talked with told me that he was excited about going home and looked forward to visiting what could be called his "home" church. Finally, I confirmed with a fourth man that he was still in the scriptures and learning a lot.
This brings me so much joy. These relationships are such a joy for me. I can't wait to get them all back together when we officially go back to work in August. I look forward to helping them wherever they might need it.
I have written about how important mentorship is in Christianity, and even though I don't know if I'm old enough, or wise enough, to be considered one, I am excited to do my part. God is good to me.