2018-04-06 / Chaplain's News

The difficulty and discipline of waiting

Chaplain (Capt.) Patrick G. Kihiu
Cyber Training Battalion

One of the hardest thing for a human being to do is wait. This is a cross-cultural and cross-generational reality. We also live in an instant gratification society where most people demand immediate service. The last answer they want to hear is, wait. There are numerous spiritual and holistic benefits, though, for those who are willing to learn through the “discipline of waiting.”

If you are like me, you do not like to be kept on hold for a “long” duration of time. You do not like waiting at red lights or being caught up in traffic while trying to get back home after a busy day of work. Nor do you like to call the appointment line just to find out you are the tenth caller in queue!

In my humble opinion, the “discipline of waiting” is one of the most vital of our military disciplines. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “discipline” as, “training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character.” The most effective Servicemember is the one that fulfills their duty with discipline while striving for excellence. (ADRP 1, Figure 2-4, The Army Ethic)

In Holy Scripture we find hope and resiliency for the “disciplined” soul: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31, KJV Bible) There is hope for those who are determined to wait on the Lord. The good Lord did not promise us that the journey would be easy, but he did promise that he would never leave us nor forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:6)

In my Christian faith tradition there are various “means of grace” that are an absolute necessity for the people of God, to include: daily prayer, scripture reading, and attending church services. To neglect these healthy spiritual practices is to neglect ones spiritual health which can lead to negative holistic consequences. The Fort Gordon Globe provides a list of diverse Religious Support Resources available to all Servicemembers, DA civilians, and families.

In our military culture we are familiar with the slogan, “hurry up, and wait!” This is definitely a military oxymoron at its best. Servicemembers in training at the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence across Fort Gordon go through rigorous months of training in anticipation for their graduation dates. No one said it would be easy, but some of us find ourselves struggling to the finish line. The good news is that we are surrounded with lots of support resources in our community. Our goal is to complete our training with a spirit of excellence while assuring that all our comrades make it to the finish line. We are committed to the discipline of not just fulfilling the bare minimum but to finishing strong.

Let us all renew our commitment to the “Discipline of Waiting”. Our faith, family, military community, and our beloved nation are counting on us all. We can do this. “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord.” (Zechariah 4:6)

Return to top