I Choose to Remember….
“I choose to remember…” An elderly vet sits in front of a memorial wall, reading name after name. “I choose to remember all those who fought for me. I choose to remember those who did not get to come home. I choose to remember the families who gave the ultimate gift. I choose to remember because forgetting is not an option.” “Forgetting is not an option…” I had to think for a moment… “what did he mean by that?” Could it be if we forget, we are doomed to make the same mistakes again? Or, could it be if we forget the gallons of blood which was shed, that we will all too easily send our young men and women into harms way? Or maybe, we need to be eternally grateful for the sacrifices made in our stead – made so we might be free!
As Christians, we should “choose to remember” what our Lord and Savior has done for us. We should never take lightly His amazing sacrifice. We should also remember those who have given so much so we might know the love of Christ. It is estimated over seventy million people have been martyred in the name of Christ. That is hard for me to wrap my mind around. I also think of how many have been persecuted for our religious freedom – how many have given their lives in service so we would be raised up as true disciples of Christ. Personally, I am grateful for an Aunt who has spent countless hours praying for me. She is well into her eighties and she still prays for me. I am also grateful for the teen who had the courage to witness to me – to lead me to Christ. I have been so blessed by incredible mentors – men and women who have taken their “time” to help raise me up. I choose to remember; and I also choose to carry on in their stead. I choose to follow them as they followed Christ.
Along with remembering, we need to be those who hold the Christian banner high! We need to make God’s call our priority. It is His will to see people saved and discipled, and it is His will to use us to do just that! We are all called to serve – to “go ye” into all the world. So, along with the food, fun, and fellowship this Memorial Day… I choose to remember… I choose to answer the call… and I choose to be extremely grateful. How about you? May God truly bless your Memorial Day! #rememberingthesacrifice!