Monday, July 13

freedom isn't free - show gratitude

Gratitude. Surely that is the thought or feeling that most Americans have when thinking of those who defend our freedom. Sadly, it is not. How does a soldier handle this? How must he or she feel? Many service members, along with other citizens may not agree with the orders given to them, but they must act honorable by following them out. God has created each of us with a special task at hand to be carried out.

Isn't it easy to get caught up in your own world and loose site of the fact that there are men and women all over this country who do what it takes to defend freedom as we know it today? I am a wife to a soldier and I know I do not give much thought to it. Don't get me wrong, I am grateful to God for using men and women throughout history to establish and defend our great country.

You know most of these great men and women are simply doing their jobs as best they know how. To them, they do not see themselves as doing anything great. They do not see themselves as doing anything that deserves any more gratitude than a nurse at the local hospital. It is in their very being, the way God wired them, to step up in this manner. They do not know how to do anything different. This, to me, makes each of them a hero. I think the Gratitude Campaign, that Scott Truitt started, is a fantastic way to give a visual display of our gratitude for their service, for their sacrifice.

Ronald Reagan once said "No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women." This is our US Military and their families as well.

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