Over a 23-year career in the military, I and my family made countless sacrifices big and small.  There’s a reason why they call it military “service.”  There most definitely is service involved, and whether you are talking about a limited one-time enlisted term in the service or a full career of 15, 20, years or more, there are so many sacrifices involved.  It’s just an order of magnitude.  I love the old saying, “Some gave all, but all gave some.”  Military service is an honorable act that should afford any man or woman respect for having given everything to their country regardless of how long they served.  There are many physical, emotional, and even psychological sacrifices involved in military service, but the fact remains that anyone who enters military service gives permission to their country to take everything up to and including their life if necessary in defense of the Constitution and, by extension, defense of all American  values, institutions, the sanctity of our national boundaries, etc.    

Military service is sacrificial service.  There are sacrifices of time, comfort, and safety.  There are so many sacrifices of time and events missed away from family:  holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, births, deaths, marriages – virtually any life event is subject to sacrifice when the military mission takes precedence over what would normally be the most important events of one’s lifetime.  There are times of duty in the middle of the night, on weekends, and there are long weeks and months away at military training or deployments.  But as important as these times with family are, the sacrifice of those times is made for a  higher calling, something more important – the greater good of our American Republic, our fellow countrymen country, and our American way of life, complete with the higher values of equality of all people, etc.  This is why I believe that God must love soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines.  Those that sacrifice all for the greater good most certainly walk in the footsteps of our Savior who gave all.

Of course, we are only making a small imitation of the tremendous sacrifice of our Savior.  In the military service we make many sacrifices for people we will never even meet.  But our Lord and Savior, as God, knew who he was making His sacrifice for.  He described His sacrifice in John 15:13: “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”  Of course, Jesus went one better than that with His sacrifice.  In our ignorance before God’s Holy Spirit enlightens us to our sin, before our salvation and before our enlightenment, we are essentially enemies of God, living in sin against His will.  So the sacrifice that Jesus made was not just for His friends, those of us who are already saved and walk in fellowship with Him daily, but He was also sacrificing for His enemies, desiring that those people would turn to Him one day and be saved.

I pray that you would rejoice in the sacrifice that Jesus made for us on the cross and that you would find a way to walk in sacrificial love to those around you so that they would come to know our Glorious Savior personally as well. 

 


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06/14/2013 10:29am

Thank you those words are very beautiful and very true. I am 65 years of age and most of my liffe I was a military dependent. And Jesus did to the bigest sacrifice of all and I thankful for that.

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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