There is a moving video on the Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs website about how their rehabilitation program is changing the lives of hundreds of American soldiers who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress and Combat Trauma from current conflicts around the globe. The program, headed up by Chad Robichaux, one of our guests on BlogTalkRadio, is helping troubled men and women discover a new life purpose through Christ. One such veteran tells his story in this video about how he came back from Iraq and found out his wife had cheated on him, so then, inflamed with hatred, he got into a car crash, lost a leg and came inches from taking his life when he came to the six-day Mighty Oaks Warriors camp and found a reason for his life.
“The two most important days in your life,” he relates, as he tells his story, “are the day you were born, and the day you find out why.”
How many people are born yet don’t know why? How many of us even think about this? How many race through life trying to find something that continually eludes them? Why were you born? Do you know why, or does the question surprise you or take you off guard? It sure made me think. We get so involved in living that we forget why we are alive.
There are some ways in which each of us can answer that question differently based on our gifts, talents and life experiences, but there some reasons that will be the same for us all. The Westminster Catechism puts it this way, “The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” We were made for God; we will not rest until He has us.
I’m always amazed by how simple this is, yet how profound. And, as simple as it is, how easily I can lose track of it. It’s almost like it’s too simple. That can’t be it. Just glorify and enjoy God? That sounds like too much fun.
It’s certainly true that much of religion pours cold water on fun. If you’re having fun, it must be wrong. And yet, the simple fact is that God made us for Him. He made us, He seeks us, and He will not stop until He finds us. We are the ones who have to stop long enough to find that out.
Maybe that’s why this little six-day camp program is having more success rehabilitating troubled veterans than government programs have in six months. It doesn’t take long to connect to God; it takes stopping long enough to let Him connect to us. And once He does, everything else has a way of falling into place.
Take some time today to enjoy the One you were made for. You don’t have to go to camp. You can do it anywhere.