Today being Veterans Day, I can't help but think of a particular verse.
John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend.
Not only does it astound me that so many men and women are willing to give up their very lives (and their families) so that we can have freedom, but I am also impressed with the sacrifice that the families of these men and women make. We should all take the time to be grateful for the men and women who are willing to give up their lives for us. Most importantly, I am remembering the savior that gave up His life for me!
I have also been thinking today about that verse, and although giving up your life can sometimes mean actually dying for someone else, it can also mean something else. What can we do to sacrifice our time, our money, our talents and our efforts for someone else today. When you do something to help someone else when you could be doing something for yourself, that is laying down your life also. There are many ways to lay down your life for others, and make others more important then yourselves. Whether that be the others inside your own household, or the others in your neighborhood, church, city, or another country....we can all find ways to lay down our lives for others! This is what Jesus called us to do! It's not always an easy calling, but if we take the time daily to think about how we can lay down our own lives for someone else, it will eventually become a habit!
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