Sunday, September 14, 2014

Prattville Dragoons Chaplains Column for September 2014

Chaplain’s Column: Our Special Calling

While attending a work day at the Indian Hills Cemetery in Prattville I noticed that so few
members attended the work day. At one point during the work day I became so tired I fell to the
ground near exhaustion. Dead in front of me was a small ant busy working his way along. This
reminded me of a class in my college days. This particular class was called entomology. I learned
many things about ants as well as other insects during that course. How industrious, hardworking,
patient and co-operative they are to the colony. As well as being extremely hard working they
possess an extraordinary ability to work as a team. They work hard, are patient and co-operative.
An ant is able to carry a leaf, a crumb or a dead ant for miles - just to get back home to the anthill,
requiring a load of stamina and patience. Perhaps more humans need to practice the special
qualities an ant possesses - co-operating, working with others or patiently working towards your

Well I know many of you may wonder where I am going with this. As SCV members we are
called to keep the memory of our ancestors alive. I like to study and learn more about American
history during the times surrounding the War Between the States. For me the most important
reason for our membership in this organization is because of these fine men and women of that
time. They are our ancestors, for crying out loud! When someone talks about them in a bad way I
can almost hear them from Heaven.

Now back to the ant… I believe we as SCV members, with our special calling, should be a little
more like the ant in our work for the Cause. Words like co-operation, hardworking, patience,
being industrious and working as a team--to name a few.

As Christians we have a higher calling. With God's calling comes a time of preparation, and
preparation requires patience. Trust God today with His schedule for our life. Every experience
God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for a future that only He
can see. Every believer has a story. Oftentimes, the more we surrender to God, the greater our
ability to see His hand in our life. And the more we watch Him work, the stronger our desire to
share with others all that He has done.

Are you passionately telling others about Christ? Loving God involves not just having a
personal relationship with Jesus, but also sharing Him with others. The world around you needs
the power of Christ. Let the Holy Spirit guide and enable you to share effectively with those
around you. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be
healed. --James 5:16

Yours In Christ
Tom Snowden, Chaplain

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