Appointments to serve

From the moment Carolyn and I signed our covenants with God as Salvation Army officers, we agreed to receive appointments from the movement as from God. We have kept our vow and God is glorified, even to this day. It may well be that others would not have agreed with our understanding, but we have been steadfast in our convictions. It has allowed us to move and to relocate regardless of how we felt or how it all seemed.

Not everyone accepts this possibility, nor would I say that every move made in The Salvation Army is perfect. Not everyone has pledged similarly to the Lord, either. In either scenario God will be glorified by our faithfulness to Him.

Appointments in North America are coming out, one territory at a time. Beautiful people will be on the move. God be with them.

“No prolonged infancies among us, please. We’ll not tolerate babes in the woods, small children who are an easy mark for impostors. God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love—like Christ in everything. We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do. He keeps us in step with each other. His very breath and blood flow through us, nourishing us so that we will grow up healthy in God, robust in love.” Ephesians 4:15 MSG

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  • Craig H. Evans

    You have eloquently articulated the philosophy my parents espoused as related to change of appointments. It made a hugh impression on us as kids and certainly calmed our worries as we moved from location to location. Sometimes those moves are difficult to understand. Any time we were perplexed I can recall my parents reminding us that we were in God’s hands and, if we left our concerns with Him, we would be blessed beyond our understanding. Talk about making lemonade out of lemons. Would it be appropriate to refer to God as The Great Lemonade Maker?

    • Jim Knaggs

      For sure, Craig. He made the lemons too. Thanks for reminding us that the equation includes the whole family. As officer kids we saw this spirit in our parents…yours and mine…that gave us the courage to approach our journey similarly. I believe in your case as a soldier, you have seen it throughout your life as well. God Bless You.

  • Elizabeth Welch

    Thank your for the encouraging reminder. Praise be to the Lord that He is faithful. All appointments are filled with goodness and struggle. Isn’t that life for everyone, not just Salvation Army officers?

    Years ago, Jimmy Durante sang a cute song in a black and white movie. This song best describes how I always feel before moving, whether with The Salvation Army or while Bill was in the military. He sang, “Did you ever have the feeling that you wanted to go when you had the feeling that you wanted to stay.”

    I have never wanted to leave a place wholeheartedly. I have loved and been loved. I have invested myself and someone has invested in me. I have trusted others and they have trusted me. The life we live as officers is a beautiful and difficult existence. At the end of the day, whether a phone call comes or not, I must proclaim that His grace is sufficient for me! His promise that He will never leave me must be at the forefront of my mind in all things. I will find satisfaction and be an encouragement to my friends who do receive such a call next week.

  • Beth Paugh

    Commissioner, I agree with you 100%! There is a saying that I find encouragement from for those one or two appointments I haven’t understood. “The Army can not place me where God can not use me.” So I go willingly trusting Him all the way even when I don’t understand. I have to believe that each appointment is God ordained and remain faithful to my calling.