"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." — John 15:13
Words cannot describe my gratitude to the soldiers who daily give of themselves for the sake of our freedoms in this country. They give up their own lives so that we can live in peace. They witness horrible things so that our lives may be filled with as many beautiful memories as possible. We are able to live in freedom and virtually say and do what we please only because there are soldiers fighting on the front lines in defense of those freedoms. They go weeks, months, even years without setting eyes on their loved ones. We can try, but we will never full understand how very selfless they are. And without them, our country would not be the same. The only reason we remain the land of the free is because of these brave men and women.
We may not be on the front lines, but we as Christians are also fighting a battle. The difference is that our battle is not physical, but spiritual. A good soldier will never go into open combat unprepared. Likewise, we should be constantly sharpening our swords by continual knowledge and study of the Word of God, so that we may be prepared when the enemy attacks. We also must be willing to selflessly give of ourselves for the sake of others. Jesus has set before us the greatest example of love in His death on the cross, and we should endeavor to follow His example in our lives. Our lifetime on this earth is but a brief shadow of the eternal life that is to come. 2 Corinthians 4:18 says that what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. Therefore, we should not be concerned with preserving our earthly existence, but instead choose to give up our own interests for the sake of others. That is the heart of life as a Christian man or woman.
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." — Ephesians 6:10-12I hope y'all have a blessed Memorial Day! May we never forget the reason for our celebration, nor those who make it possible.