SEMPER FI


          “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”- Hebrews 13:5
          “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” – Deuteronomy 31:6
Faithfulness is a hard thing to find in today’s world. We change jobs every three to five years, and marriages that end in divorce average five to seven years. Cars get swapped out every two to four years, and even phones are traded in for the newest model every one to two years.
          Our world is continually changing, and we are quick to change with it. Seemingly gone are the days when things were built to last. All we need now is to ensure something will last for a year or two. By then the newest model will be out, and instead of fixing what is broken, we trade the old for the new.
Marketing preys on society’s lust of the flesh, lust of the eye, and the pride of life. We don’t need the latest and greatest, but something in our flesh pulls at our hearts. We need “wants,” but we don’t want “needs.” Our world understands this and feeds these lusts to fulfill its insatiable appetite for more.
          I often wonder if this marketing scheme and indulging in the ever changing technology contributes to a lack of faithfulness in employment, in friendships, in churches, and in marriages. If we have to have the newest phone every year because it is newer, sleeker, and sexier, what stops us from trading in our spouses for a newer, sleeker, and more attractive spouse? What stops us from jumping from job to job seeking the newer, sleeker, better benefits, and better salary job? What stops us from seeking a new church when things in our current church body are not meeting our ideal circumstances?
          Faithfulness is not an emotion, nor is it a one-time thing. Faithfulness is an active lifestyle. We have to choose to be faithful every day. Consistency, thou art a jewel! If we can’t be faithful in small things, then who will trust us with true riches?
I love the US Marine Corps motto, Semper Fi. Ask any retired Marine, and they will tell you, “Once a Marine, always a Marine.” From the moment they step into boot camp, they are hammered with this motto of Semper Fi. Don’t leave your brother behind. Stick together, and defend each other. Semper Fi!
Semper Fi is the shortened Latin phrase “Semper Fidelis,” and it means, “always faithful.” Be faithful! 
I know someone who is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. He is always with us. He is always faithful. He will never leave us or forsake us, and nothing can separate us from his love. His name is Jesus.
          He is the author and the finisher of our faith. The righteous run unto him and they are saved. He is always faithful. If I make a mistake, I have hope that he will be there to help me through. If I am having trouble, He will be there to comfort me and see me through.  If I were in the midst of a fiery furnace, He would be there with me. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” - Psalm 23:4
          Because He is faithful, I can have hope. Because He is faithful, I can be bold and courageous. Because He is faithful, I can be faithful to Him. It’s easier to be faithful when you trust what you are putting your faith in. It’s easier to trust someone who is dependable and consistent. It’s easier to trust someone who is always faithful.
I strive to be faithful to all, in all things, and I often find myself wanting, but Jesus never comes up short. He truly is always faithful. I am thankful that I know someone who is always faithful. I trust in him despite what my circumstances are telling me because I know He is Semper Fi!


          Anthony Yanney