Connect, Invest and Stand

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  • By Chaplain Jon Ledbetter
  • 944th Fighter Wing

Today I looked down to the gold wedding ring on my left hand. I was reminded that the process of refining gold and forming pieces of jewelry involves intense pressure, heat, and stress. This pressure is necessary to fashion a ring that is strong, pure, and brilliant.

We are facing a few “refining” challenge right now. COVID-19 is one challenge, but we also face the loneliness, fear, and discouragement that come in times of isolation, change, and confusion. We have the opportunity to face these challenges in a way that will make us stronger as individuals and as an Air Force family. We can do that by keeping three things in mind.

First, stay connected. Social distancing does not mean the end of social resilience. Stay connected with fellow Airmen, family members, and friends. Technology affords us many opportunities to communicate even when we are unable to socialize as we would like. Check on each other. Make sure your wingman is taken care of.

Second, invest time. Wise people do not spend time; they invest it. Whether we find ourselves at home or work, our schedules have been turned upside down. This is a gift, even though it may seem like a hardship. Many of us have more time to be with our kids, exercise, and take care of home projects. Take time to invest in your personal spiritual health. Be careful not to spend your time following the news every minute or worrying about things that are outside of your control. Instead, invest your moments in things that make you stronger as an individual.

Third, stand on your spiritual foundation. Times of uncertainty teach us what is truly important. Many things that we thought were important have been canceled or changed in the last few days. But the ideas, truths, and relationships that provide spiritual strength can be trusted in all circumstances.

The chaplains are available at any time to talk if you have needs over the next days and weeks. Please do not hesitate to reach out.

We as the 944th will meet this challenge together, and we will be stronger because of it.

May God provide you with healing, wisdom, and strength to triumph in the days ahead.

Chaplain Ledbetter