Why Die

Navy SEAL Chief William Ryan Owens Navy SEAL Chief William “Ryan” Owens just lost his life in a raid in Yemen. Did he die so we could live? That is the biggest question of them all. Are you willing to die for something?

I think most would die for a family member. Like take a bullet for them. Would you agree to die if you had a lot of money? Can you make a list of people you would take a bullet for so they did not have to? Or maybe agree to your own beheading so someone else would be spared? Make a list of who you would and would not be willing to die for…

Thinking about it seems kind of stupid and unnecessary? Why bother?

You should have someone on your list you would sacrifice your life for. Daughter? If you don’t you are truly nobody.

To be somebody you must care for others, to serve them in some way. That is the most basic tenet of life. Yield to it and you will find excitement.

The greatest honor is to enlist in the military. Once the military owns you… it can send you anywhere in the world where anything can happen to you. You have agreed to serve your country, your nation, and all her citizens. One may end up in harm’s way or dangerous surroundings.

You learn about rules, camaraderie, respect, patriotism. You gain the new eyes of manhood. You will look back at having loved your country. You were trying to play a small part in protecting our freedom and love… Which needs more protection than ever….

Proud to serve. Shit happens. And you die. But not in vain if you know why. That you were serving in service to your country and her every family. That is classy.

You don’t have to be a Navy SEAL to be cool. You just have to care by stopping evil and falsehood and bullying and abuses in your own neighborhoods.

Die to self and you become someone special. Seize every moment to help or encourage.

Pray for our military, our President, and Ryan’s family and friends.

Thank you for your service.


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Chris Bent, former Navy SEAL UDT-21, is the author of 11 books. Troubled by all the pain and injustice in the world he is driven to write in brief chapters that touch universal truths. Helping us search and find where we are meant to go. Helping us make a difference. Helping us not to quit. Hopefully.


  1. Kathy Lambeth says:

    Beautiful thoughts. I thank all our military members for their service to us, each and every citizen of this country. There is no adequate way to thank them other than to say we respect, admire and cherish each and everyone of them. Our hearts bleed for Chief Owens and his family and for the service members and their families who have been injured or lost their lives in defense of our freedoms. God bless them all.

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