Col. Kimberly Toney, commander of the 501st Combat Support Wing at RAF Alconbury, sent an e-mail on Jan. 16 referring airmen to an "inspirational" video on a Roman Catholic Web site.
The video featured the life of Nick Vujicic, who was born without arms or legs. In the video, Vujicic says he finds his "greatest joy in this life is to introduce Jesus to those he meets and tell them of his (Jesus’) great desire to get to know them personally by allowing him to become their Lord and Savior."
For my part, I am known to be relatively open about my faith at work, but I am very careful about personal discussions with my subordinates. This isn't just because of the potential for legal jeopardy, but because I want to avoid any appearance of favoritism or unequal treatment, or any coercion or other sense that I demand or desire conformity to my faith. Not only could these undermine my military mission, more importantly they could undermine my witness for Christ.
So does this mean I hide my lamp or that I am being appropriately shrewd and innocent? I ask myself that question constantly.