I read a lot, and many genres, but my favorite is historical fiction. Lately I have been reading a series set in WWII. The author bases his novels on real historical characters, researches them to the umpteenth degree. In this book, the main characters were General Eisenhower, Field Marshall Rommel (Germany), and Jesse Adams.
Ever hear of him? Probably not. He was a sergeant in the 82nd Airborne. But he is by far my favorite.
The four and five star generals are the ones making the decisions, moving troops and tanks and having meetings to confirm this or that. The three star generals wait for those meetings to end so they know where to send their own troops. Captains and Lieutenants lead the way.
But sergeants...they are the ones behind. Oh, Adams led them, walked before them often enough, used silent hand signals to tell them when to drop, when to advance. But he was also the one bringing up the rear to make sure no one got left behind. And he was the one calling for the medic and someone did get hit.
Sometimes, I think, we look at the Christian life and we think, "I'm not doing anything if I'm not on stage, or in a pulpit, or writing or speaking or teaching."
I would say those people -- the preachers and teachers and well-known ones -- are the generals. Out front, or making decisions from behind, sometimes taking flak when things go wrong. They organize and impact the lives of hundreds or thousands.
But I think I am better suited to being a sergeant: the one who comes alongside and says, "Keep going, soldier. We're not through yet." A sergeant may kick you in the butt when necessary, but he won't leave you behind, either.
That's the kind of Christian I want to be.