Be All That You Can Be

One thing you lack.
   —Mark 10:21

For over two decades (1980–2001) the jingle “Be all that you can be” hit a psychological bulls-eye as a recruitment tool, appealing to young people to join the Army and become the best they could be.

It brings to mind a young man who breathlessly asked Jesus, “What must I do to have eternal life?”

“Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.”

All of those directives, except the last, are negatives. He had kept them all. Then Jesus hit him with a triplet of positives: sell what you have, give to the poor, follow me.

Christianity isn’t just a life of not doing things; it’s a life of doing things. That’s the way to be all that you can be.

What you don’t do is important.
So is what you do.

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