Sunday Faith Blog…and Nuru International

Here’s a wonderful Christmas story about General James Mattis, who is slated to be our next Secretary of Defense:


A couple of months ago, when I told General Krulak, the former Commandant of the Marine Corps, now the chair of the Naval Academy Board of Visitors, that we were having General Mattis speak this evening, he said, “Let me tell you a Jim Mattis story.”

General Krulak said, when he was Commandant of the Marine Corps, every year, starting about a week before Christmas, he and his wife would bake hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of Christmas cookies. They would package them in small bundles.

Then on Christmas day, he would load his vehicle. At about 4 a.m., General Krulak would drive himself to every Marine guard post in the Washington-Annapolis-Baltimore area and deliver a small package of Christmas cookies to whatever Marines were pulling guard duty that day. He said that one year, he had gone down to Quantico as one of his stops to deliver Christmas cookies to the Marines on guard duty. He went to the command center and gave a package to the lance corporal who was on duty.

He asked, “Who’s the officer of the day?” The lance corporal said, “Sir, it’s Brigadier General Mattis.” And General Krulak said, “No, no, no. I know who General Mattis is. I mean, who’s the officer of the day today, Christmas day?” The lance corporal, feeling a little anxious, said, “Sir, it is Brigadier General Mattis.”

General Krulak said that, about that time, he spotted in the back room a cot, or a daybed. He said, “No, Lance Corporal. Who slept in that bed last night?” The lance corporal said, “Sir, it was Brigadier General Mattis.”


About that time, General Krulak said that General Mattis came in, in a duty uniform with a sword, and General Krulak said, “Jim, what are you doing here on Christmas day? Why do you have duty?” General Mattis told him that the young officer who was scheduled to have duty on Christmas day had a family, and General Mattis decided it was better for the young officer to spend Christmas Day with his family, and so he chose to have duty on Christmas Day.

General Krulak said, “That’s the kind of officer that Jim Mattis is.”

Why should a soldier miss this, right?


~The story above was told by Dr. Albert C. Pierce, the Director of the Center for the Study of Professional Military Ethics at The United States Naval Academy. He was introducing General James Mattis who gave a lecture on Ethical Challenges in Contemporary Conflict in the spring of 2006. This was taken from the transcript of that lecture.

AND, it was emailed to Z by our buddy and fellow commenter, Mal!  Thanks, Mal… even more good stuff on this wonderful General!  Gen. Mattis has never married, but giving up a Christmas morning with his family for a soldier with kids is pretty great…pretty telling…Plus, he humbled himself, putting that young soldier first.

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“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased” (Hebrews 13:16).

Have a wonderful Sunday!  Do something good and share with others!





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20 Responses to Sunday Faith Blog…and Nuru International

  1. What Mattis did for Christmas duty does indeed occur, but all to rarely at that rank. Usually, the most that enlisted Soldiers can expect is to have their unit chain of command serve them Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner, in the mess hall.


  2. Sparky says:

    That is heartwarming. Character tells, doesn’t it! I am excited about the Trump Administration, thus far. I think we’re in for some good times here in America and I pray it spreads to Europe to help those poor people trapped in Communism.
    Thank you for sharing the story. I’ll share it too.
    May the LORD bless and keep you all this lovely day. ~:)


  3. Servant Leadership.


  4. General Mattis decided it was better for the young officer to spend Christmas Day with his family, and so he chose to have duty on Christmas Day.

    The heart of a great leader!

    Thanks for sharing this story, Z.


  5. tmw says:

    What would, YESHUA, have done? And what has, HE already done? Gen. Mattis, just followed THAT kind of leadership!


  6. geeez2014 says:

    CI, thanks for that information…I figured his rank wasn’t too often involved in this kind of sacrifice. What a guy.

    Sparky…agreed! And you have a great day, too!

    Ed…straight out of Scripture… who’s ‘greater’ than who?

    AOW. I was glad Mal sent it to me…just love the heart of Mattis.



  7. Mal says:

    Like Sparky, I also am excited about the Trump Administration. He started not in high gear, but in double overdrive 18 months ago and hasn’t stopped since, now going on a thank you tour instead of taking a much needed rest. That’s the kind of energy he will bring to the W.H. and I for one can hardly wait for that to happen.


  8. geeez2014 says:

    Mal….I think a THANK YOU TOUR is … well, I can’t say the word here…. suffice it to say UNITY TOUR might have been better…but that’s just me.
    Since when do presidents THANK PEOPLE for voting for them on this kind of grand scale? It’s the country we’re voting for, not HIM.
    But, that’s just me, I know.


  9. Mal says:

    Why not thank the people that voted for you, Z? Aren’t we all trained to thank people when they do something for you? Besides, he continually is breaking new ground by being the first again.


  10. geeez2014 says:

    Mal, of course gratitude is a great thing….And this is the PRESIDENT….It’s my opinion that it’s unseemly and that he does this mostly for the excitement of speaking to big, loving crowds again.
    Of course nothing’s wrong with thanking, but just being ‘breaking new ground’ doesn’t make it dignified or right.
    There are SO MANY things that man can do and say in gratitude that I’d LOVE….Personally? I’m not lovin’ this. He’s getting off on it and I don’t admire it. Not one bit. The way he talks ….
    I’m just tired of even talking about it here……..

    I’m very surprised at the feelings of many people about Trump…but I can’t say why. Suffice it to say.


  11. The Thank You Tour is different, but it keeps the excitement/enthusiasm up for the launch of his presidency.


  12. geeez2014 says:

    Ed. It sure does. HE LOVES IT. They’re RABID for him!!


  13. Kid says:

    Wonderful Story Z. Wonderful.

    And to clear up another point, General Mattis did not pick Mad Dog and probably doesn’t like it either.

    I got this from a Marine friend:

    “Mad dog came from the media who referred to him as a mad dog after he made a few comments about killing bad guys. Chaos was his radio call sign. Warrior Monk is a term associated with the Templar Knights … it seems to fit him. He reads everything he gets his hands on and then uses what he’s learned to what he perceives is his strategic advantage. He will make a good SecDef if he remains true to his own ideals.

    Semper Fi”


  14. Kid says:

    I’m on board with the Thank You tour. Thank you for comeing out. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for correctly assessing he media and celebrities, etc. Yes, Thank You.

    Unity Tour would be next on my list and certainly a valid concept.


  15. Kid says:

    How do we define a Unity Tour.

    If it were me, I’d begin by offereing Free training/education to anyone on unemployment or welfare for at least the last 12 months. We will train you in a trade to be self sufficient and provide a path for you to move forward and make a good life for you and your family.

    On the other side, any able bodied individuals who are not interested in making a life for themselves or their families can receive a free One Way ticket to anywhere in the world where we will provide them a home and a 50 year supply of food. It will much less expensive in the long run. Believe me. Believe me.

    Let’s put an end to the cancer of modern day slavery. And WIC will be canceled after 6 months.
    Have a baby with no visible means of support, deal with it. Preferably have your baby put up for adoption, you steralized.


  16. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, yes, Mattis really doesn’t like MAD DOG and goes by CHAOS! I think I personally like Mad Dog better 🙂

    I’d rather include thanking people IN my speeches and stick to UNITY myself…it sounds a little pathetic to be THANKING THANKING THANKING “You like me, you REALLY LIKE ME”..yes, Sally Fields, WE DO! That’s how that feels to me, but clearly I’m alone on this…which is fine!

    And I like your ideas in your comment but don’t know what WIC is!!


  17. Kid says:

    WIC is where they are paying women breeders of future democrat voters and rioters.


  18. Mal says:

    Don’t feel bad, Z. I wondered what WIC meant, also. I still do. What do the letters stand for, Kid?


  19. Kid says:

    WIC – Women, Infants, and Children


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