DayBreaks for 11/12/13 – Reflections on Veteran’s Day
Ephesians 6:12 (NLT) For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
As I write this, it is still Veteran’s Day, 2013. Facebook has been blanketed with displays of thanks and honor for those who have served our country throughout our nation’s wars and in regular military service.
In my photo blog on Sunday (http://twolfgcd.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/honor-them/), I shared some statistics of the number of soldiers (best estimates according to informed sources) who served in the times of our various wars who are still living today. Did you know that the last American survivor of WWI died (Frank Buckles) in just 2011? Out of the over 16 million who served during WW2, there are only about 1.5 million still living – and that number is declining at the rate of several hundred each day. Heroes may live in memory for generations and centuries – but not so with the flesh.
I read a blog today that was written by a brother in Christ who is also a veteran of our recent wars. He was, of course, calling for us to honor those who have and who are serving our country. But he made another point that should be obvious to us all: we are surrounded by veterans of the spiritual warfare that rages 24 hours a day since the creation. Like the soldiers who serve the United States of America, they won’t and don’t live forever here. But how often do we stop to honor (or even thank) them for the price they and their families have paid for their selfless service? As valuable as physical military service is and as much as they are to be honored and recognized for it, the spiritual war is no less real and certainly as deadly and vastly more important as any earthly war as the stakes in the arena of spiritual warfare are eternal.
Who do you know that is a spiritual veteran that you need to thank? When is the last time you truly thanked your pastor, elders, deacons, teachers, the person who discipled you, your mentor for what they’ve fought for and how they’ve lived? Is there a better day than today to do it?
Call them. Tell them. Thank them. Because as with the soldiers of our armed forces, those spiritual heroes and veterans are passing, too. Tomorrow may be too late to thank them for what they’ve done for you! Remember that the martyrs didn’t die just for Christ, but for each of us to give us encouragement and an example to follow in their footsteps.
2 Timothy 2:3 (NIV) – Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
PRAYER: Jesus, thank you for fighting the greatest fight of all time, and winning it so we could have our freedom! Thank you for those who have also fought for us throughout our lives. Bless them for their service and help us to give them their due honor, too! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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