“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NIV)
Today is Veterans Day. We honor the veterans and the military and all they have done to protect our people, our land, and our freedoms from those who would happily take them from us.
One of the freedoms preserved for us has been the freedom to worship. Americans are free to worship and serve any god they choose. They are also free to not choose to worship a god at all. Whatever their personal choice, it is made possible by those who served willingly, that we may enjoy that particular freedom.
When I see a veteran, or a person who is currently serving, I cannot help but thank them for their service. Because serve they do. Often they serve in remote areas of the world, in jobs that are less than exciting and enjoyable. Yet they do not complain. Many serve in dangerous regions, and their lives are constantly at risk. Yet they do not sway from their duty. Many have paid the ultimate price, their lives, or have come back wounded, in body, and in spirit. Yet each one still retains a bit of the pride that solid service brings. They care, they go, they serve.
I am the proud mom of one veteran and one soldier currently serving. Both are exemplary young men. And both have been found in harm’s way more than once. But both also believe and trust in the Savior of their worlds, Jesus Christ. They know that while they were serving their country, Christ was serving them.
Service is a revolving door. Once begun, it not only does not end, it is paid forward, time and time again. You serve a person, they serve another, and so it goes. Jesus began it, and Jesus will finish it.
Jesus is Our Hope. He is the example of service; remember all He did for others during His three year ministry on earth. He sacrificed Himself for us. He died on a cross, He rose again in three days, and He brought with Him the knowledge that there is no one who has power over the grave but Him.
We all can serve as Jesus did, and still does. We can help a homeless person, we can make a meal for someone who is ill, we can clean a neighbor’s house. We can pat someone on the back, just to make their day, and we can give a lost puppy food and water, to show care and concern. Jesus did these kinds of things, and we can do them too. Serving others equals serving Him. Give your service willingly and generously. And thank Jesus daily for the service He does for you.
“God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10
Give thanks to God for the veterans who have given their very best for our country, for us. Their service keeps this country free!
Have you or someone close to you served our country with honor and pride? Make sure you say “Thank you!”, and thank them for all of us here at The Bottom Line as well!