Veteran’s Day

Warning … long! 😜

I want to wish blessings, to all you veterans of the military and the police force, as well as firefighters, emergency workers. All of you work on the front lines of life, giving up holidays, nights and special times with family to serve others. For the military folks, you have chosen to be under submission to the Commanding Officer, you have fought at times in which you didn’t agree with the mission, but went anyway, like a faithful soldier following orders. As a fellow veteran, I salute you, your bravery, and your courage to go and do the things the rest of the world does not understand. You Police, Firefighters, and Emergency workers; you go when called to go, even if the circumstance seems dismal. Remember the hundreds of firefighters lost when the twin towers collapsed. We know many innocent people died, but we also know that many heroes rushed in to save as many as possible without regard for their own safety. You are a Veteran, and I will salute you this day also, I will pray for the families left behind those who serve, those who have to live with the loss of sacrifice. You are a Veteran! I am proud to be a veteran, to have lived through things I would not want my children to have to live through. I believe in order, and following the commands of my Commanding Officer, and the officers over me. But for those of us left, or those currently serving, I want to encourage you to keep the faith. To endure when you want to quit, and to keep your focus on Christ. The one thing about those who serve, they do so out of respect for the orders of those above them; they have a purpose and believe in that purpose, even if it costs greatly. So whether your orders are one of control, or peace, or action, let me give you this admonition from Scripture: “I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus, who is going to judge the living and the dead and because of His appearing and His kingdom. Proclaim the message; persist in it whether convenient or not; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching. For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear something new. They will turn away from hearing the truth and will turn aside to myths. But as for you, be serious about everything, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:1-5 Everyone of us has a mission here on earth. Those who do not know Christ, lack an understanding for what their actual purpose is, but they are searching. Those who know Christ, your mission is to be a light for those who walk in darkness. To endure is to be in places where others won’t go, to do the things others won’t do, and to proclaim what others fear to proclaim. You cannot do that under your own strength, but under the strength of Him who guides our lives. Just like the soldier who goes under the strength of the commander over him, so too, we must be willing to surrender to the leadership that knows best about how we are to conduct ourselves. Whether in battle or on the street corner, we are to be an example of Christ, recognizing that we are all in a war, and this war is against good and evil. Perhaps you may have never been tested yet. But the time will come when you will, and I pray that you will have the strength to stand during that testing. The very end of 2 Timothy we hear the Apostle saying this, and it goes for every one of us: “The Lord will rescue me from every evil work and will bring me safely into His heavenly kingdom. To Him be the glory forever and ever! Amen.” This is the goal of every veteran, that he/she be brought safely back home, and our home is our heavenly kingdom, and I pray that we do not lose our focus on what we are serving for, and Who we serve. Ps. Andy

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