THINK ABOUT IT
A TRIBUTE TO OUR VETERANS
One of the surest signs of sinfulness is selfishness. And for many the signs are plenteous. Their highest aspiration is the gratification of self. Sadder still is the fact that they think the rest of the world should aid them in their pursuit– as though they deserve it. In this day when so many are given to an entitlement mentality we should have a great appreciation for those who foot-the-bill. There are far too many who are more concerned about getting rather than giving. They are like leeches on society, satisfying themselves through the sacrifice of the givers. However, rather than exhaust ourselves complaining about the takers, we should expend our energy expressing gratitude for the givers– the ones who make it possible for all to prosper.
At the top of this list should be our veterans— men and women who were willing, at the risk of their lives, to give themselves to provide and protect our freedom. Remember– they volunteered to do that, most don’t. They subjected themselves to great difficulties and grave danger for the sake of others. They cared for those who care only for themselves. They gave up pleasures and treasures, so cherished by others, because they believed there was something of greater value than self- gratification. They risked their lives so we could live ours. They gave up their comforts so we could be comfortable. They gave up things they enjoyed so we can enjoy the things we have. They sacrificed for our safety. And they did so without any promise of praise, acknowledgement of appreciation, or assurance of aid. They did it because they were committed to a cause– the welfare of others, whether they be givers or takers.
So, on this special day, let us remember that everyday we live in freedom it is due to the sacrifice of these brave veterans– the givers. One day isn’t enough. Let us express to them in no uncertain terms that we are deeply grateful and forever thankful for what they’ve done. This should be our year-round duty and heart-felt delight. While we can never repay them, we can always thank them and support them. They are deserving of the very best we can do for them, because they gave their very best for us. Our prayer is that God’s abundant blessings abide upon them each and everyday. May their example inspire all who have benefited from their sacrifices to become givers rather than takers.
If you are a veteran, until you stand before our Great Commander and hear Him say, “Well done!”, we say ,”Thank you!” from the bottom of our heart.May God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America! — David Stone, Nov. 11, 2013
Lakeway Baptist Church
5801 FM 1960 E
Humble, TX. 77346