TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2008
It’s November already. Election Day is here and Veteran’s Day is coming quickly behind it.
At this time every year since my kids have been in grade school, I’ve seen them bring home a yellow piece of paper with stars on it. I remember last night I was kind of in a hurry, so when I first saw the familiar piece of paper, I have to admit that I grumbled just a bit. Which is terrible of me!!! Shame on me!! The whole purpose of the stars is to write out the names of members of our family or friends that have served in a branch of the Armed Forces. And the purpose behind doing that is so that those people whether alive or not can be honored for the service they gave for their country. I felt horrible when I realized that the sacrifices that I have made pale in comparison with the sacrifices that these men made. After all, even though not everyone saw the front lines of battle, they all knew that it was very possible that they would indeed risk their very lives. And many of them did pay the cost of our freedom with their lives. I just want to say how very thankful I am for the men and women who have ever served or are now serving in the fight to protect our country and the freedom that we enjoy. Often times when people think of heroes, these are the people that they think about.
I believe that there are other types of heroes as well. And this is what I want my kids to grow up understanding. I think that a hero is one who loves with all of his heart and soul. He puts God first and understands that family, jobs, homes, money, health, etc. are blessings from God. He trains his children in accordance with God’s laws, no matter how difficult it is. He walks in faith, even when the rest of the world shuns him and calls him crazy. Psalm 1:1-3 say, “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields it’s fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” And Proverbs 21:21 says, “He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity, and honor.”
I know that there is no one on the face of this earth that is perfect, and I would never expect them to be. But there are men who choose to be obedient to God and put Him and everything that is important to Him first and foremost in their lives. These are the men I want my kids to look up to. These are the ones that I want them to follow in the footsteps of. They are the everyday heroes that choose to consistently live out their faith. And I am taking this moment to thank God for them and for the ones that have sacrificed everything so we can live in the freedom that we so often take for granted!!!!!!
POSTED BY KRISTIN AT 1:36 PM