Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4
“Patriotism is not just short, frenzied bursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steadied dedication of a lifetime.” Adlai Stevenson
“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.” Jeff Miller
“I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.” Bob Riley
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends John 15:13
The quotes above speak for themselves regarding the cost of patriotism. We who have never had the privilege of wearing a uniform to serve out country serve her by living sacrificially for the principles of freedom, honor, and service to others. We know that there cannot be love without sacrifice. Christians hold that Jesus was the ultimate lover of humanity as he gave his life to pay for the sins of humankind.
Our military veterans paid the price of love by sacrificing their bodies for the defense of their country. Many paid the ultimate price for that service. All of us who love our country can serve her by the “tranquil and steadied dedication of a lifetime” as Adlai Stevenson stated.
On this Memorial Day, as we celebrate the sacrifice of our veterans, let us rededicate ourselves to serve our country by serving one another, taking the needs of others into primary account as we strive to make our country strong and healthy. As Alexis de Tocqueville was quoted as saying, “America is great because America is good”. Whether or not he actually said that, I believe that it is true. Let us make sure that we try to live into that quote.
Prayer: Lord, give us the strength to serve others as you served us through Jesus, Amen