Remembering the Warriors Who Taught Me To Train the Whole Man

In remembrance of those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice for this country:

I had been hired to train tactical athletes for the U.S. military special operations, and I was challenged by the idea of preparing warriors for the fight of their lives. I trained them to be faster, stronger, and more resilient than their adversaries. Instead of competing for fun and glory, these athletes would train to protect their country and each other.

Although it was intimidating to walk away from the familiarity and comfort of a career in college athletics to work with SEALs, I loved the idea of using my talents to serve those who had given so much to my way of life.

Little did I know that soon I would be part of the greatest win of my career when they scored a major victory in combat, and I was humbled because I had never been a part of such a significant victory. I had used my unique gifts and talents and resources to prepare them for combat, and I had trained them to win. And they did.

But a few months later, an entire troop of Navy SEALs were killed in an attack that gave the men I worked with no chance to defend themselves. These friends and husbands and fathers and sons and brothers died in service to this nation, and they opened my eyes to the absolute necessity of training the whole man.

These warriors, leaders, and servants launched me into a journey to discover the true nature and purpose of manhood. It wasn’t enough to be better, faster, and stronger. Each of us was designed by God with a distinct purpose and identity. He created us to serve Him with our gifts and talents, and He designed us to be in relationship with Him.

He designed each of us to be a servant, a warrior, an explorer, a craftsman, a scholar, a leader, and a disciple. Regardless of the work we do, our experience, or our careers, God created men to use our abilities to improve the world around us.

The men of Junto Tribe honor the memory of all who have died in service to this nation by carrying on the tradition of service and leadership. We are grateful for their sacrifice and humbled by their selflessness, and we’re inspired to live our lives the same way they did.

Join us on the journey. Make a difference. The work is demanding and the workers are few.

Your duty as a disciple of Jesus is to spread truth and make more disciples. 

Go into the world and share your gifts.  

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said ‘Here am I. Send me.’”

 Isaiah 6:8


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