Today is memorial day and to so many people it's just a day off or time with family . Those things aren't bad in themselves. We all need day's off and time with family. I used to get memorial day and labor day confused. All I knew was one signified the start of summer and one signified an end to summer. But, this day, unlike the other was set aside to remember the heroes who have given their lives for the freedoms of our country. I loved that yesterday at church we honored those unsung heroes and that we honored the ultimate hero in Jesus Christ. I was watching some of the memorial day programs on TV last night and I was really touched by the stories of the sacrifice so many men and women have made for our freedom and the freedom of those who can't fight for themselves.
On one of the shows this quote was made and it really touched me, "in war there are really no winners, only countless lives lost for a greater good". It made me think about the greater good and how that affected me. Michael shared the DVD yesterday about Saving Private Ryan that asked the question, "was I worth it?" Was I worth the sacrifices made for me and our country? Was I worth the lives lost as part of the "greater good"? I think we should ask ourselves these questions daily, not only of our country, but of our Lord. It's not about being worth it by doing things in a ritualistic way, but submitting our lives to the Lord completely, so that He can use us according to His purpose and plan. In and of ourselves we are not "worth it" because of sin, but through Christ we are cleansed, made whole, and completely worth it. God tells us in His word that while we were in "our sins, Christ died for us". So while we weren't worth it because of that sin, He still died for us. That is so humbling. I want to be part of the "solution and not the problem" as Tyler said yesterday in his sermon. I want to honor God in all I do and everywhere I go. I want to hear God and do His will. I want my life to be a living sacrifice to God. I want to daily be reminded that a great price was paid for my freedom in this country and in my spiritual life. I want to live life thankful for every moment of both of those freedoms. I hope this memorial day you will take time to remember the men and women who died for us, but more importantly that you will remember the love our heavenly father and the great gift He gave in His son Christ Jesus. He is our hope and salvation. He is our only way to the father. He is the way, the truth, and the life. Remember the sacrifices made for us, because through Christ we are worth it!