Letter to Daniel #2

by Chris on July 21, 2009

Dear Son,

At the time I write this (11:23pm Monday night), you have already completed two entire days of “hard core”. By the time you receive this letter, you will probably be all the way to day 4 or 5! I imagine it must be tough for you, in some ways tougher than you ever imagined and in other ways easier than you thought. I CANNOT wait for your first letter. I want to know what you do during the day, anything funny or scary that happened, how you’re keeping up with the physical demands and anything else you want to share.

It’s so amazing to have one of my own children that I can relate to and share stories of basic training and military life with.

In case you’re thinking about giving up and going home, I felt that way a few times during my basic training too. As Mom said, just take one day at a time, and try to make each day a little better than the last. You’re making everyone who knows and loves you very proud by going through with this very adult decision, and I can’t wait to see how this experience lifts you up and makes you the man that I know you long to become.

Everything is business as usual around here – nothing exciting to share lol.

I just finished reading Proverbs chapter 20, and the following verse made me think of you and all of my kids. Verse 11: “Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.” Think about all the stereotypes we put on kids today. Loser, Slut, Tweaker, Prep, “Gay”, you get it. People are never actually any of these things, but they are *known” by their *actions*. Think about what people think about the actions you are taking right now. You are taking charge of the mistakes made in your early teen years (some yours some ours), and you are improving yourself, becoming a self disciplined, young man who is easy for adults to respect.

Anyway, I love you and will be praying with Mom for you tonight. Please do send me anything in particular that you want us to pray for when you write!

Love,
Dad

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