Well friends, I had something entirely different planned and written for today, but in light of recent events and the ridiculous amount of hatred floating around, I felt it was necessary to stop and reflect on Remembrance Day – lest we forget.
As I was reflecting on Remembrance Day this week, the scripture in John 15:13 came to mind, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” As I think about the character traits of the men and women who have served this Great Nation both in the past and still today, love is usually not at the forefront of my mind. Courage, sacrifice, honor, respect, dignity – all of these readily fill my thoughts, but love…not so much.
It’s funny isn’t it, how we tend to group love in with the warm, mushy, touchy-feely types? We often associate love with a good feeling and depending on the circumstance can view it as a sign of weakness. How far that is from the truth! Love contends; it holds on when everything else let’s go; love believe’s the best in another – not the worst…I have to stop right there….love believes…it’s easy to believe the best when everything is going well…but when all hell breaks loose…that’s when love continues to believe the best…which tells me that love is filled with hope. Don’t think for one moment that love was not one of the motivating forces behind the hearts and minds of these great men and women. How else could they continue to fight for something better when all they could see was pain?
Far too often we give fear far too much credit. Click To Tweet Friends, far too often we give fear far too much credit. Yes, this world that we live in today is filled with fear at every turn; we don’t know what’s in store for us today, tomorrow, or the day after that. Every day we hear new reports of war’s breaking out, threats of violence, financial instability, and hatred at every corner – I’m not living in a bubble – I know it’s real.
Love is what won wars; not fear. Love for one’s Country; love that spurred hope for a brighter tomorrow; love that persevered against all odds; and love that surrendered and laid down its life so that another could be free.
Love has always been, and love will always be greater than any fear.
So today my challenge to you is this: as you pause to reflect and remember those individuals, rather those heroes, who have fought and sacrificed for our Country, for our freedom…please please please….don’t just leave it at that. If there is anything at all that we can do to honor these individuals today, it is to pick up the torch that they have valiantly carried on our behalf and to fight for love.
If there is anything at all that we can do to honor these individuals today, it is to pick up the torch that they have valiantly carried on our behalf and to fight for love.
Fight to hold on to love when the odds are stacked against you; believe the best in those around you…before you decide to share that snarky passive-aggressive joke or criticize the intelligence of another, or attack your brother for the color of their skin or your sister for her religious or political belief that she clings to, before you bite into that hatred that is driven by fear…fear of the unknown…think again…and remember our heroes…remember love….and remember that it’s love and love alone that is greater than any fear. Remember that it's love and love alone that is greater than any fear Click To Tweet Let us daily remember the lesson that they have taught us and daily lay down our lives, our viewpoints, our way for those around us…so that God willing, we never have to repeat history again, learning love on the battlefield.