"Letter, as if written from a soldier in the Lord's Army"
Commander and Chief of the Spiritual Armed Forces, Jesus Christ
I am writing this to You to request a transfer to a desk job. I herewith
present my reasons:
I began my career as a private, because of the intensity of the battle
You have quickly moved me up in the ranks. You have made me an officer
and given me a tremendous amount of responsibility. There are many
soldiers and recruits under my charge. I am constantly being called upon
to dispense wisdom, make judgments, and find solutions to complex
problems. You have placed me in a position to function as an officer,
when in my heart I know I have only the skills of a private. I realize
that You have promised to supply all I would need for the battle.
But Sir, I must present You a realistic picture of my equipment. My
uniform, once so crisp and starched, is now stained with tears and blood
of those I have tried to assist. The soles of my boots are cracked and
worn from the miles I have walked trying to enlist and encourage the
instructed troops. My weapons are marred, tarnished and chipped from
constant battle against the enemy. Even the Book of Regulations (Bible) I was
issued has been torn and tattered from endless use. The words are now
You have promised You would be with me throughout, but when the noise
of the battle is so loud and the confusion is so great, I can neither see
nor hear You. I feel so alone. I'm tired. I'm discouraged. I have Battle
Fatigue. I would never ask You for a discharge. I love being in Your
service. I love you LORD, But I humbly request a demotion and transfer. I'll file papers
or clean latrines.
Just get me out of the battle--please, Sir.
Your Faithful, but tired, Warrior.
To: Faithful, but tired, Soldier, Spiritual Armed Forces
Location: The Battlefield
Your request for transfer has been denied. I herewith present My
reasons: You are needed in this battle. I have selected you, and I will
keep My Word to supply your need. You do not need a demotion and
transfer. (You'd never cut it on latrine duty.) You need a period of
"R&R" -- Renewal and Rekindling.
I am setting aside a place on the
battlefield that is insulated from all sound and fully protected from
the enemy. I will meet you there and I will give you rest. I will remove
your old equipment and "make all things new again."
You have been wounded in the battle, My soldier. Your wounds are not
visible, but you have received grave internal injuries. You need to be
healed. I will heal you. You have been weakened in the battle. You need
to be strengthened. I will strengthen you and be your strength. I will
instill in you confidence and ability. My Words will rekindle within you
and renewed love, zeal and enthusiasm.
Report to Me, my tattered and empty soldier. I will strengthen you.
Your Commander and Chief, Jesus Christ