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Today I may miss my husband, but deployments are nothing in comparison to what the widows and loved ones of a fallen hero face every day. Their grief doesn’t take a day off since it’s a holiday, and it doesn’t stop even after one such as Memorial Day.

Memorial Day is not about BBQs, parties, fairs, festivals, or retail sales. Memorial Day is a day to remember. A day to reflect and give thanks. Our country may not be perfect or even be run by perfect officials, but we have amazing Americans who gave their life for a greater purpose. The sacrifice they paid provided us a better future and freedoms not afforded in countries all over the world.

We are a privileged nation and we need to remember those who made that possible. Many young people today don’t realize the gravity of that fact. Despite the best efforts of our history teachers, it still doesn’t click: Thousands of people DIED for YOU to be free.

Many young people don’t understand that freedom isn’t free at all. Because it’s become a norm for them, it’s become an “entitlement”; something which they feel they deserve by being born.

Memorial Day is not for the entitled youth but a day for all of us to reflect in the legacy thousands of people have fought for. This legacy empowers something within each of us which states: America will never be defeated because we are brave, strong and determined.

Even today, as I watch the news there are troops in places of turmoil. Today is for the thousands lost years ago and those in recent months who have also given their lives.

God bless, America 🙂

 

Questions For Christians Series #6: Will God Ever Give Up On Me?

I’m launching a new series called Questions For Christians. These questions are compiled from personal conversations and research from non-believers.

QUESTION:

Will God Ever Give Up On Me?

 

ANSWER:

We see in Romans 1:24-32 where God “gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts…”. Other translations may say “gave them up to…” as well. Many people feel like God abandons a person. However you would like to phrase it, God essentially, let’s go of the sinner. This is a hurtful part of Free-will. We can deny God repeatedly and refuse to obey Him. We have that “freedom”, but not without consequence.

I experienced this in my own life. God did not abandon me in the term that we understand it today. He let me go. He left me alone, no more convictions and feeling guilt or shame. He released Himself of me and He watched as I controlled my life. At this point, obviously, my life went in a fast spiral downward and in the wrong direction. I had ignored Him, denied Him, and rejected Him repeatedly.

I was in a very bad place in my life when I realized I had stopped hearing God’s voice. I had stopped caring about anything else but what I wanted. In this dark place of my life, I also realized that I couldn’t control my life and be happy. I thought I knew what I wanted and I chased things which weren’t good for me only because it was what I wanted in that minute. I realized that if God didn’t take control of my life, I would end up dead.

At this point, I starting crying out to God. He was right there. No more games, no more crying out because I needed a hand-out…this was real. When I cried out to God, He listened and He was there. I began doing things He wanted and doing things for my life which would take me out of the turmoil I was in.

There are times when God will let you follow your own path, so that you may realize how destructive we are on our own. So that we realize how much we need Him. Sometimes, people don’t go back to God and become so consumed by the sin they’re encapsulated in…but I like this analogy: God is Home. He’ll try to keep us with Him until our behavior with sin inevitably forces God to let us go. No matter where we stray or for how long, you can always go back Home.

 

*All scripture is from the New International Version unless noted otherwise.
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