I've been mulling over General Paul Rader's vision challenge while in office: 4 million soldiers and 100,000 officers. Steve Court, in his blog, has resurfaced the challenge. Frankly, it leaves me a bit flummoxed, and here's why.
Very few in TSA take it seriously. In fact, some laugh at the thought, others poking fun at it, as if to say, "Is this guy out of his mind?" Brings to mind, when I was the Candidate's Secretary, setting the goal and theme, "80 for 1980" (as in Cadets), even Doris writing a chorus to launch it: "Lord, give us 80, for 1980, the call must come from You, for the laborers are few, etc." to the tune of "I Want That Mountain." Oh my! Many thought that hilarious, some of the training school staff writing their own counteracting chorus: "Lord, give us twenty, we think that's plenty." To this day, I am occasionally reminded of that laughable "80 for 1980" goal, always followed by a hearty guffaw!
4 million is what percentage of 7 billion? An infinitesimal drop in the proverbial bucket - about the population of Ireland or New Zealand. 100,000 is what percentage of 4 million? - About the population of the Federated States of Micronesia. Laughable goals? Impossible?
This leads me to the next flummoxed wondering. "Why!" And I was led to the Bible for an answer.
Jeremiah 3:15-17 MSG: 15"I'll give you good shepherd-rulers who rule my way, who rule you with intelligence and wisdom."
16"And this is what will happen: You will increase and prosper in the land. The time will come"—God's Decree!—"when no one will say any longer, 'Oh, for the good old days! Remember the Ark of the Covenant?' It won't even occur to anyone to say it—'the good old days.' The so-called good old days of the Ark are gone for good.
17"Jerusalem will be the new Ark—'God's Throne.' All the godless nations, no longer stuck in the ruts of their evil ways, will gather there to honor God."
I want you to meditate momentarily on four phrases outlined in this Scriptural challenge:
1. "I'll give you good shepherd-rulers who rule my way…"
2. "You will increase and prosper..."
3. "Oh, for the good old days!"
4. "Stuck in the ruts of their evil ways…"
My exegesis on these verses will be coming in the next post. Hint: Vision - Future tense. Mission - Past tense. In the meantime, look for Major Stephen Court's take on it over at www. http://armybarmyblog.blogspot.ca.