Last week my 18 year old brother graduated from high school. I can hardly believe that is possible. He lives all the way down in Florida, and since I live in the midwest, the trip just wasn’t possible for our family.
He’s a pretty smart kid and could have done a lot of things. He could have gone to college, he thought about starting his own business, he could have worked. You know this list. Anyway, what does he decided to do? He joined the Marines.
What is he thinking you might wonder? To be completely honest, I think he is desperately trying to get my dad to love him. My dad was in the reserves. See, he just doesn’t have too much in common with dad and my little sister is my dad’s favorite. Isn’t that ridiculous that I even have to say that? My family has a serious problem with favorites. Everyone has one. That makes me sick. What kind of parent picks favorites? I know that every child is different and every parent will connect with each one in a different way, but to have a favorite is, in my opinion, a sign of a mental health problem. I’m serious when I say that too. I think people who do that need therapy. OK, I’ll get off that rant, and tell you more about Chris.
So Chris is one of those just really sweet natured kids. He’s always loving and hugging on someone, just an affectionate person. He has a sweet smile and is really good with kids. He got ok grades in school and he is not fabulously athletic but he did play sports. He wasn’t the most popular kid in school, but he has had some friendships that have lasted since he was in grammer school. He’s one of those kind of kids.
The chance of Chris going to Iraq, is, let’s face it, pretty real. The war is not going to be ending anytime soon and that is what happens when you sign up for the military. Chris accepted Christ years ago, which is a comfort, but he doesn’t live the lifestyle at all. He is a person that desires to be loved and I’m afraid he is a follower more than a leader. So, let’s just say his choice of friends is not the cream of the crop.
Please join me in praying for him that God will lead and direct him in this journey and that he will return safely. You know, funny things happen when there is a major life change like this. I hope it will be good for Chris, that he’ll find out who he is and grow closer to God through the experience. Also, I really hope he comes back.