I hope that everyone has had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Whether you have been spending time with family or friends, attending picnics or graduations, simply relaxing at home, or any other number of things, I hope you have kept in mind the real reason behind this Memorial Day. Memorial Day isn’t just about picnics and family time and store sales and a paid vacation day from work. No, not at all. It’s a day dedicated to remembering the people who died to give us the freedom to do those things! It’s a time to think of those who have given their lives for the cause of freedom. Without them, well we might not even be here! America truly is the land of the free, because of the brave!
If you don’t think you’re blessed to be living in the land of the free, because of the brave, then you are absolutely wrong. Looking around at the many different countries in this world should make it crystal clear how blessed we really are. No one is telling you that you can only have one child and if you have any more, you will be forced by the government to have an abortion. No one is telling you how many grains of rice you can have in a week. No one is telling you that your children must go to government military schools. No one is telling you that you can’t go to church, read your bible, or worship God. No one is telling you that if you don’t wear a burqa, you will be killed.
Why is that? Well, because this is America! The land of the free, because of the brave. You may not agree with all of the government officials. You may not condone all of the choices that they make. You may think some of the laws are ridiculous. You may be frustrated at the way this country is headed downhill. But at the end of the day, we still live in a free country and that is more of a blessing than you will ever realize!
If you woke up this morning in this free country, a soldier deserves your thanks. If you hugged your children and sent them out to play without the fear of them being destroyed by a nuclear bomb, a soldier deserves your thanks. If you read your bible without fear of someone breaking into your home and attacking you, a soldier deserves your thanks. If you have the freedom of speech, the right to carry a gun, the right to worship God, the right to raise your families the way you think is right, the right to freedom, then a soldier deserves your thanks. For every single freedom and right that you have from living in America, a soldier deserves your thanks. More specifically, the fallen soldiers deserve your thanks. In fact, you could never thank them enough! There is nothing you could do to ever repay all that they have sacrificed. What a humbling thought!
For the people who want to trample and burn our flag, to the people who want to sit out the national anthem, to the people who want to destroy the war memorials, to the people who want to dishonor our veterans and fallen soldiers, I feel sorry for you. I really do. It’s sad that people can be so focused so much on themselves and their own selfishness, that they can’t see the bigger picture. The very people that you are mocking and criticizing, are the very ones who paid for your freedom with their own blood. They gave their lives to give you freedom and to make sure you could keep that freedom. From the revolutionary war to the current day wars, there have been so many heroes. Heroes who gave up everything for this country and the people in it. Heroes who sacrificed everything they had for you.
They gave up their families. They gave up their comfort. They gave up their dreams. They gave up walking their daughters down the aisle. They gave up growing old with their spouse. They gave up holding and spoiling their grandkids. They gave up birthdays, graduations, weddings, anniversaries, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and everything else in between. They gave up the sunrises and the sunsets. They gave up the smiles, the memories, the love, the laughter. They gave up the very breath that they had. They gave up everything, for this country and the people in it.
But why? Why did they choose to? They could have lived a nice, normal life. They could have worked the same old 9-to-5. They could have come home to their families every evening. They could have lived a life of comfort and leisure. But they didn’t! instead, they chose to sacrifice. They were willing to sacrifice whatever it took, for the price of freedom. Even if that price was their very own lives.
As we think on this Memorial day, I can’t help but think of what an amazing representation it is of Christ’s love for us! God’s own son, willing to leave the comforts of His perfect heaven, to come to a dirty world and sacrifice himself for the sins of the whole world. Wow, what a love! Those heroes who have given their lives, it’s like they’re putting that Christ-like love into action. To them, they weren’t just giving up their families, they were fighting for their families and their future. To them, they weren’t just giving up their comfort, they were fighting for they comfort and security of others. To them, they weren’t just giving up their dreams, they were fighting for the dreams of others. In every single area of their life, they were choosing to sacrifice.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
When we think of all of the ones who have given their lives for the cause of freedom, that’s exactly what they were doing! They were dedicating their entire lives to fight for a cause that they believed in. They were willing to give up everything they had, including the very breath they were breathing, to make & keep America a free country.
The willingness of America veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.
Video credit to Champion Forest Baptist Church
So now I want to hear from YOU! What does memorial day mean to you? Have you been directly impacted by the death of a loved one who was in the Armed Forces? If not, I’m sure you know someone that has. How do you honor and thank the fallen soldiers who have sacrificed everything for you and this country? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments down below!