The second general order is
In the army our 2nd General Order stated - "I will obey my special orders and perform all of my duties in a military manner." This two part order covered anything you were ordered to do. No one needed to say please or thank you. When you were ordered to do something, do it. Do it right the first time and do it in a way that honors your squad, company, battalion, base command, the Army and United States of America. Why, because they were depending on you!
One of the parts of our basic training was focused on learning to defend yourself during close hand to hand combat when your weapon wasn't properly functioning or it's out of ammo.
One of the methods of teaching close hand to hand combat is pugil stick training. A pugil stick is a heavily padded pole-like training weapon used since the early 1940s by military personnel.
Much of the weapons training we did in the military required you to remain calm and focuses on your breathing in order to make an accurate shot. The pugil stick battles weren't like that at all! They were gritty, aggressive and required the willingness to do whatever it took to stay alive. You needed to be a skilled defender, an astute aggressor and have an understanding of the key role timing plays in your victory. It was without a doubt one of my favorite parts of basic training.
While thinking about verses for our second general order, over and over again, I kept coming back to Proverbs 4:23 - “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life”
Over the next few weeks, we will be looking at this one verse to discover what it means, why this is so important, who we become in the process and what it looks like to really guard our hearts.
During your personal pit time this week, put some time into thinking about a time you had to guard or defend something or someone with vigilance. Put yourself back in that moment and be reminded of the sacrifice required.