"I don't know," she said. "I guess I just wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself."
This struck me as odd. Something bigger than herself? Why the army? Why the army, where she will be physically, mentally, and emotionally challenged. Where a superior officer will set rules that will dictate her life and bark out commands that she is expected to unapologetically follow. Where she'll have to leave her mother, father, and sisters and move to a foreign land where she'll most likely encounter scorn from others. Why join the army and run the risk of losing her very life all because she wants to join something bigger than herself?
Why not just join the church? Wouldn't that be simpler?
Kenda Dean says that teenagers come to us looking for something to die for... and we give them pizza. I am 34 days away from being an official, real-life youth pastor and my heard is swarming with thoughts of transcendence and fidelity.