Over Easy: “Murphy’s Rules of Combat”


Erin and Michael playin army

I’m thinking militarily today.  My husband (and kids) love the old show “Combat!”.  Sunday afternoons they’ll often sit down for a couple episodes while I pine for something more “intellectual” like an Austen classic. 🙂

There are lots of life lessons that can be taught while watching something like this as well…this black and white (eek!) series was made back in the days when some television shows still tried to serve some useful purpose (you know, like Andy Griffith).  For instance, in one episode, there is an 18 yr old football captain who shows up as a new recruit and has to learn what it means to be a part of a team (at risk of life and limb), not the “star”.

The following are supposed to be humorous thoughts.  I selected these from a larger list that was sent to me…what spiritual applications could you draw from these, as a soldier in the Lord’s army?  Let’s hear ’em.  I’ll give the first one a crack:

  1. Try to look unimportant; the enemy may be low on ammo and not want to waste a bullet on you.  [Think about this one…are you identifiable as one of the Lord’s army to the degree that you draw fire?]
  2. You are not Superman; Marines and fighter pilots take note.
  3. If it’s stupid but it works, it isn’t stupid.
  4. Never share a foxhole with anyone braver than yourself.
  5. Never forget that your weapon was made by the lowest bidder.
  6. The enemy invariably attacks on two occasions: when they’re ready and when you’re not.
  7. There is no such thing as a perfect plan.
  8. A retreating enemy is probably just falling back and regrouping.
  9. There is no such thing as an atheist in a foxhole.

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