Welcome to Day 20!
*** A very special thanks goes out to Laura Bird and her family for their dedication to keeping girls like me safe. I am afraid of spiders, the ocean, thunderstorms and clowns. I know you are ALL equally thankful that your freedom does NOT lie in my hands. If you have served as well please let us know so we can give thanks to you as well!*****
Today on Memorial Day we honor all of the men and women who risk their lives in order to keep us free… and yet for this act of selfless love for complete strangers – we say thanks only once a year. For every 364 other days that they keep us safe at home by putting their lives on the line so far from it they also change the lives of their family they leave back home. Every phone call, every news report… they have to wonder “what if”.
But they do so proudly because in this unfathomable wondering…
We never have to wonder if we are free.
Because we simply are.
We say we are thankful but Memorial Day but in doing so we get a lot back… a reason to be home from work, a hot dog on the grill, a kick-butt sale at Macy’s.
Shouldn’t we give thanks that is free as well? Shouldn’t we do so more than once a year?
After all, Jesus put His life on the line so that we could be free as well and we are so committed to Him that we teach our kids about His goodness, we drag our butts out of bed at 8 a.m. on Sunday, we pour forth our hearts in hopes of showing Him just how much He means to us.
Jesus had this to say about freedom…
He said “Whoever the Son sets free… he will be free indeed.” I always took that last word both as it was meant to be and as it sounded… We truly are free indeed but we are also free “IN deed.” Because we have been given this great and unimaginable freedom… we should act as though we were free.
No bemoaning. No worry. No wanting.
Free to give thanks. Free to share hope. Free to need what we already have.
DAILY DARE: Today write a letter to a service man or woman and make an effort to send one letter per week. You can also opt for a month or whatever number feels right for you. You can find out how to do that here. Remember to keep it upbeat and positive. Jesus has made you free… now be free IN DEED.