Victory, Not Loot

This is a new venue for me to post my goings-on,* thoughts, musings, etc. I have an old one that has been around for years (www.xanga.com/gabe1983), but i figured it was time to move on. So here i am.

The Latin** phrase Victoria Non Praeda means ‘victory, not loot.’ I heard it a long time ago and thought it a really interesting phrase. For isn’t that what we, as Christians are here for? Victory? Aren’t we told not to waste our time saving treasures for ourselves here (Matt 6; Luke 18)?

And haven’t we been promised victory through Christ (1 Cor 15:57; 1 Jn 5:4)? And in fact, we know that there is no victory in death – only in the salvation of Christ. So thus is one of my new life’s mottos: Victoria, Non Praeda.

In other news, it has been a wild and crazy and hot summer. For the past 8 weeks i have been in training for the Air Force.*** I am a commissioned officer in the Chaplain Candidate program. It’s something i am excited about, as is the rest of this summer. Right now i am in Warner Robbins, GA at the AF base here, and i’ll be traveling to Coco Beach, FL; Charleston, SC****; Ft. Worth, TX; San Antonio, TX; and back here to GA. And it’s going to be awesome.

More pictures and thoughts to come.

*I try not to say the word “blog” when i absolutely don’t have to. I don’t like the way it rolls off the tongue. And it looks weird. But mainly i hate the way it feels to say it, or anything that rhymes with it (e.g. grog, smog, tog, sog, etc.) So i’ll try to avoid saying this word whenever possible. Perhaps it’s nit-picky, perhaps it’s odd, perhaps i should get over it. But, honestly i’d rather not.

**I love Latin phrases. Greek and Hebrew phrases are great too. They are so cool and mysterious. You know they are. I took 2 years of Latin in high school. I thought the language was cool then, but my teachers were either a kooky older lady who probably had a lot of cats and a young seminary student who was a power monger. And most considered him an Albino as well. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

***Into the blue baby. 2d Lt all the way.

****I have always wanted to go here. History is my friend…nay, all of our friends.

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