Many years ago, when I first entered the U.S. Army, I heard the term “Position Improvement”. I soon learned that this meant if I found myself in a defensive position it fell on me and those on my team to be involved in improving the position through a list of necessary tasks.
The positions in which we found ourselves could be started by simply camouflaging our location all the way up to eventually building hardened bunkers or fighting positions. Some of the work was easy and rather boring, but some of it was challenging and interesting.
The important thing to know was that this work never really stopped. It was always about improving our percentages of success if defending our position became necessary. Our labor was all in all for each other.
Now as the entire world reacts to the COVID-19 virus it is obvious to me that we have taken a defensive posture to this threat. As we get into our “fighting positions” I would offer that if we remember that God is our commander, we will be successful in our mission because of our labors related to “Position Improvement”.
The labor we are doing now to keep ourselves healthy and take care of our families is just part of the work to improve our position. The work to make God first in our lives, spread the Good News and love our neighbors has not been put on hold. If anything, this challenge should make our labors even more intense to accomplish our mission. This in no way means to take on any of this in a frantic manner, but in a way that shows our trust and faith in God through peace, strength and love.
This defensive posture in no way means that we hunker down in our “holes” without offensive actions. Around the world there are scientists, doctors, nurses, businesses and many others who are taking the fight to this enemy. We must support them in every way possible and that starts with praying for them at every opportunity to say the least. We also need to show them we respect their sacrifice by doing our part at home and in our communities to stop the spread of this virus.
As with any battle there will be loss and pain so it is a reality we must contend with. Rest assured that this will not be a short battle and it will require every Christian to step into the gap for believers and non-believers alike. With our faith in the promises of God and our Savior Jesus Christ we know where the true prize resides.
Something to make it easier to put into perspective and remember might be a motto I learned while in the Army; “Mission First, People Always“.
May God bless you with peace, strength, love and boldness as we march forward into the gap together.
The Koifish Christian