On Staying In Step

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On Staying In Step

On Staying In Step:

It was an honor to attend a retirement ceremony of the I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Beneath a sunny sky, the color guard marched onto the outdoor stage. Excitement and mixed emotions were high, especially for the retiring Master Sergeant.

But it was the final moments of the ceremony that sparked questions within me.

As the four marine color guards marched from the stage to retire the colors, my eyes fell to their boots. And I marveled at the footwork—pivoting and stepping in precise unison. It was as if eight boots became two, or four marines became one. Each fulfilled an assignment that left an imprint on my mind.

I did not need to be reminded that marines follow their ranking authority’s orders. I did need to be reminded that their unified motion did not just happen without a lot of practice; which prompted me to ask myself. Do I practice following the lead of my Authority Jesus Christ, and stay in step with His way? Does my life reflect unity with those marching behind me, beside me, or before me?

At the close of the retirement ceremony, Auld Lang Syne played in the background, and a master sergeant stepped from the stage of his military life onto the stage of his civilian life.

I paused.

Is that how it will be when God retires me from my life assignment on earth? Will I simply take one step—exit Earth and enter Heaven?

“Man’s steps are ordained by the Lord. How then can man understand his way” (Proverbs 20:24 NASB)?

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