My wife and I spent the weekend helping our son at a convention. A friend hired our 14 year old son to do a convention introducing a new product. He had used our son to help him at a previous show and was impressed by his ability to talk with people and his natural sales ability. It was a fun weekend. This explains how we spent the weekend out of town and how I came to meet the young man I am about to tell you about.
After the show, we wanted to get something to eat and the restaurants were crowded. We finally found a place where we could eat setting at the bar and it turned out that the Lord allowed me a glimpse into someone’s life that somewhat mirrored mine in some respects. This young man had quite a story.
He was the bartender for this restaurant and once we started talking I could see that he was far to qualified to be a bartender. He was well spoken and a natural leader. Where had he gotten these skills? Two tours as an infantryman in Iraq explains it all.
The first tour came from a 3 year enlistment with a commitment that he could be called back into the Army at anytime within 5 years of discharge and 4 years and 11 months after his discharge he was called back. Can you imagine?
He was tending bar in Key West Fl. when his grandfather passed away and he had to travel back to Missouri to tend to the estate of his grandfather. While he was at his grandfathers, his grandfather’s neighbor brought by a letter that was delivered by mistake to the neighbor. Standing in his grandfather’s yard where he just happened to be by virtue of his grandfather’s death, fate found him and he opened his military recall letter and his second tour to Iraq. After being out of the Army almost 5 years, actually 4 years and 11 months, he was back in the Army. Unplanned, his life changed in a moment. How could this happen…an all volunteer Army that is under great stress due to fighting two wars at once?
This young man told me of his life and how he had been kind of drifting every since, how he was growing tired of the party and the direction. How many young men has the stressed out military left in its wake. How many have used alcohol and other substances to deal with a life they never planned?
This young man and many like him only need to hear the Gospel and understand that the Church that failed them when they were young was not God. God still wants them and loves them and still wants to deliver every promise of the Bible, especially the grace and the mercy of the cross. I left my card with him and I hope he goes to my website and calls. I believe it was a divine appointment and I intend to keep it.
Published on Monday, September 23, 2013 @ 4:17 AM CDT