Our theme for this month: “Character and Integrity”
Our Bible verse for today: “No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in the concerns of civilian life; he seeks to please the commanding officer.” 2 Timothy 2:4 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Honor the veterans”
Today is Veteran’s Day. It’s the day each year that we set aside to thank and honor those who have served our nation in the Armed Forces. This is different from Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a day in May when we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation by giving their lives in the service of our country. That’s a far higher sacrifice than simply having served in the armed forces but still, serving at all is very significant too.
We in the USA are blessed to have the greatest military force the world has ever known – and I’m not just speaking of the gross tonnage of our bombs or the advanced technology in our fighter jets. I’m speaking of the intelligence, the talents, the commitment and dedication of the men and women who make up our armed forces. We have the best fighting force in the world because it is made up of the finest men and women to wear a military uniform in any nation in the world. Our people are the best!
We have an all-volunteer military force. Other nations rely on compulsory service to fill the ranks of their militaries, but in the USA every man and woman who wears the uniform does so because they want to. Not only are they there of their own free will, but they had to meet some high standards in order to get in. It’s a volunteer force, and it is a very good one.
Our veterans also serve sacrificially. That’s what Paul was writing about in 2 Timothy 2:4. For one thing, people in the armed forces voluntary surrender many of the freedoms enjoyed by ordinary citizens. They legally bind themselves to a contract of service that lasts for years. They also agree to submit to and be held accountable to a higher standard of laws known as The Uniformed Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). This is a much tougher and less forgiving standard of justice than what civilians are held to. Additionally, those in the armed services agree to do what they are ordered to do, and go where they are ordered to go, and stay there are long as they are ordered to stay – with no option of quitting. If you refuse to do what you are ordered to do you don’t get fired, you get incarcerated. And if you refuse to go where you are ordered to go, or if you refuse to stay once you are there, you don’t go home, you go to jail. And of course, men and women in the armed forces often find themselves in faraway places for long periods of time, often a year or more. Those places are often hostile environments where their lives are at risk.
I could go on but you get the picture. Those who are serving, and who have served, in our armed forces are special people, men and women of character and integrity. They deserve our respect and our gratitude.
I encourage you to make it a point to show your appreciation to a veteran today.