The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, on Sunday, hinted that his childhood ambition was to become a soldier, but his mother prevented him from joining the Army.
He disclosed this during his sermon at the Church’s monthly Thanksgiving Service, which had military, paramilitary and other security forces in attendance.
Taking a trip down memory lane, the clergyman while reading from 2 Timothy 2:3, where the Bible talks about “enduring hardness as a good soldier of Christ”, said, “I wanted to be a soldier, it’s my mother who didn’t allow me.”
The cleric said after his graduation, he informed his mother of his ambition, but she said he should allow her to die before he would join the Army.
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He further noted that this ambition of his was in the 1960s, but by the time his mother died, it was in the 1990s, therefore, ‘it was already too late for him to join the army’. “But I love the Army,” he added.
Adeboye further stated,”And I told her that I wanted to join the army after I graduated (from the university), she said to me, ‘You’re my only son. I’m not asking you not to join the army, just wait till I die and you have buried me, then you can do whatever you want.”
He added that he would state the reasons he loved to be a soldier “another time.”
Still expressing his ove for the army, Adeboye said he loved the army so much that he would always watch films and other documentaries that had to do with the military.
He said the fact people saw the military men in fine uniforms did not mean they knew what the soldiers had passed through before wearing those uniforms
“You see them in beautiful dresses, they look nice, maybe you should check what goes on from the day they enlist till the day they begin to march in ceremonial dress, you will know what is called hardness, you will know what is called endurance,” he said.
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