Freedom Isn’t Free, Is It!
We are celebrating Memorial Day this weekend– a day set aside to remember the incredible sacrifice of so many. Though our country certainly is going though it’s struggles, we absolutely live in the greatest country on earth. And if you are like me, you are probably already tired of all the political wrangling that is going on… BUT, praise God for the freedom we have to agree or disagree; to take a stand or not; to still have the freedom to assemble together to worship our precious Lord and Savior. So, as we picnic, visit with family, or just take this day as a day to rest, let us not forget the countless and often untold sacrifices made for us. Let us honor those who have given so much. Let us show the families of those who have lost so much that we are grateful to all those who paid the ultimate price. But how?
How do we properly memorialize the veterans; the first responders; the police officers who put everything on the line-who may not have Memorial Day off because he or she is protecting and serving?
I am sure there are many ways to remember those who have served or are serving. We can do it through celebrations; moments of silence; by taking every opportunity we have to thank those for their service. Those are all appropriate and should be at the center of our Memorial Day. But I think we need to take it a step further. If we are truly remembering; truly honoring; it won’t be a one or two day a year event. If we are appreciative of what has been done for us, let it show in our lifestyles. Everyday let us guard our freedom by taking a stand for what is right. Let us NOT turn a blind eye to that which is trying to tear at the very fabric of our society. When it is time to vote: VOTE! Be those who DON’T go along with the crowd! DON’T be politically correct if it means going against your personal values. DON’T confuse “tolerance” with the appeasement of the lifestyle choices of others. Be quick to stand for those who cannot stand for themselves. Ask God to show us DAILY ways we too can serve.
I am sure there are other ways we can honor those who have given so much; and each of us will have our own way to show honor, but the point is to HONOR! In the midst of honoring this Memorial Day, let us also remember our Lord and Savior who gave His ALL for us that we might spend eternity with Him.