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A heartbreaking note at the Johnnie Barns Memorial
On Commander Karl’s first visit to Johnnie Barn’s memorial website he notices a unique feature. A place where visitors could leave a note or comment. The second one down said, “Thank you for starting a ministry that takes away our husbands from us.” Since these are just show notes don’t miss read this. Johnnie Barn’s and the ministry of Royal Rangers have poured into the lives of millions of boys and men. But this note raised up a passion in Commander Karl’s heart to help commanders nurture their marriages and the relationships with their children.
Balance and the priority structure
Balance only comes easy when the structure your standing on is solid. God’s priority structure is critical in living life to the full and having a balanced marriage.
That which you nurture thrives, that which you neglect dies.
Senior Commanders, you can play a key role here. When bringing a new commander into your Outpost follow these simple steps:
Interview all new commanders and make sure they have had an open dialogue with there wife concerning their commitment level.
Don’t set them up for failure. If they are brand new to the ministry give them time to find their right seat on the bus. Book (Good to Great)
Require them to have one date night per month. (What she wants to do)
Require them to set aside three days a year, three times a year.
Men be intentional
Weeks can go by just about the time you blink. If you don’t intentionally add your wife to your calendar she will never receive the romantic affection she so desires. In the book, His Needs, Her Needs, 250,000 women said this was one of their top two needs.
There is nothing noble about neglecting your wife for the sake of ministry. Marrying a Royal Ranger Commander should be at the top of the list of things your wife brags about. A ranger family in one accord coming along side each other for strength and wisdom is an awesome thing.
Prepare early for a heavy ministry season.
The lead up to Pow Wow can be taxing. Assisting with pass and review prep, building camp entrances, stocking the chuck wagon, and all the logistics of travel can take days away from your family. Not to mention the four days for the event itself. Let us give you a few idea:
Hide a small gift around the house for each day you will be gone then text her each day with a clue.
Send a few cards in the mail that will arrive while your away.
Ministry should be fun. God’s word say His yoke is easy and His burdens light.
God has called you, your Ranger family will protect you, the enemy will peruse you.
Put on the full armor of God that you might stand against the whiles of the devil. Stepping out into the ranks of Royal Ranger Commander puts a target on your back. The enemy will try to take you out of the fight. Yes, there may be a season where it will be wise to take a short break from Rangers, but there will also be those times where being in Rangers IS putting your family first.
Stick together and pray for those that are facing difficulties. One day you will be in their shoes and you will need them to remember you. We often say, “I will be praying for you.” Do you?