The Super Three…What about me?
I am sad tonight. I am thrilled tonight. I am not confused, I am being honest. Like most everyone, I am conflicted about the death of Chris Kyle, the retired Navy S.E.A.L. who was murdered yesterday by a fellow veteran of Iraq. Chief Petty Officer Kyle is an American hero, no doubt about it. Not for what he did on the battlefield, but what he accomplished in his life.
To be honest, I have never met CPO Kyle. I flipped through his book while wasting some time in an airport. To me he is a hero for two reasons. The first is that he retired from the life that defined who he was as a person in order to save his marriage and be a father to his children. Following his service to the Navy, his newest mission was to serve his country by being a great husband and father. Secondly, he gave his time and energy to help his fellow service members’ work through some tough times. He lived the phrase, “No one gets left behind.” Not his family and not his friends and not those who wear the nation’s uniform. You can read more about CPO Kyle from Eric Davis, CPO Kyle’s instructor and friend. http://sofrep.com/16868/my-friend-chris-kyle-modern-day-hero-lost/
Last week, there were reports of an F-16 that was lost on a training mission. The F-16 was based at Aviano, AB Italy. The search was conducted for three days before the body of Major Luc Gruenther was recovered. He leaves behind a wife and their unborn child. I found this on the blog “The Flying T Ranch.” I do not know the name of the author but there is no doubt that these men were friends. You should check out his thoughts about his friend here: http://flyingtnh.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/major-luc-gaza-gruenther/
Finally, I am thrilled because my friend, Jack Miller is cancer free. He gives a compelling look of what it was like for him to be told that the cancer was his death sentence, just three months ago. I read his words, before I read the news about CPO Kyle and Major Gruenther maybe that is why I am so conflicted tonight. Pastor Jack asked a very valid question. Why did he get to live when so many others don’t? I don’t know, and I don’t think he does either. You can read his post here: http://www.pastorjackmiller.blogspot.com/
Today I said two prayers of sorrow and assistance. I said one prayer of thanks. I have spent a few minutes today thinking about this very question. To me, I don’t think the why matters. I think that is a question that has no answer on this side of life and on the other side that answer holds the same significance as 2+2=4.
To me what matters is how you live your life. CPO Kyle, Major Gruenther and Pastor Jack all have the same perspective about life. Live for today because we are not promised tomorrow. CPO Kyle was shot twice and survived six separate IED attacks. I have been shot at but never actually hit. I dare say, that I would be a quitter the first time I was blown up. Major Gruenther was a fighter pilot and lived his life dancing on the edge of a knife. No regrets and no compromise. Pastor Jack is a worker for the Lord and currently serves the nation as a Chaplin in the Air Force.
Pastor Jack attacked his death sentence with a fight and determination that would make a Navy S.E.A.L. and an Air Force Fighter Pilot proud. These men lived their lives in attack mode. They lived looking forward. They loved their people and made their world a better place. The question is how you and I are going to attack our lives? Are we going to passively sit back and watch the days flow by before it is our time to pass on? Are we going to attack the day, live the life and die with no regrets?