FlagHave you thanked a soldier lately? If you woke up in your own bed at a time you determined instead of someone else, you should thank a soldier.  If you have the privilege of being with your family in the safety of your own home, you should thank a soldier. If you will leave your house today for work, school or anywhere else, without fearing for your safety or your very life, you should thank a soldier.

It is because of the men and women in uniform who put their very lives on the line so yours doesn’t have to be. You and I are able to live a life of freedom, because they live one of sacrifice.  They are separated from their families and friends, so we can enjoy being with ours. They sleep with one eye open, ready for danger at every turn, so we can close our eyes and rest peacefully.

In John 15:13 Jesus says,

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

The men and women in the armed forces put their lives on the line daily, but not just for their friends or those they love, but for you and me also. Today is Veteran’s Day. Take time to say thank you to those who have served, are serving and will serve on our behalf. How? By treating others with love and respect, by pausing to ask the Lord to protect those who protect you and minister to their families while they are separated, and by recognizing the many privileges we have as a result of their sacrifice rather than taking them for granted.

To my great Uncle David, my Uncle Buddy, Joshua Taylor, Anna Simons, Jimmy Scott, Alex Bartlett, Jacob Yingling, Spencer Haygood, Alex Ospina, and the many others I don’t know or can’t remember, thank you for your sacrificial service. Happy Veteran’s Day! May God bless you and God bless America.