No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.” ~2 Timothy 2:4
In honor of Veteran’s Day, I thought this verse reflected well the service of a soldier. You see, when a soldier is in active service, all else in their life is put on hold. Their job for their tour of duty is to serve their superior and follow the commands and orders they are given.
Today, we have a number of men and women who are serving their county in a foreign land. They are away from their families, their wives, their husbands and sometimes their children. They are making a sacrifice to ensure our safety.
Sometimes, it is for a common cause that our country sends soldiers to foreign countries. The first and second World Wars were such and those on the home front supported the troops in any manner they could. Sometimes the soldiers will find they are ‘fighting’ for a very unpopular belief. Viet Nam was one of those unpopular wars (even though I don’t believe it was ever officially declared a war). When those soldiers arrived state side from their tours of service, they were often disrespected and called ‘baby killers’. Somewhere in between those conflicts is where we are today. A number of us supported our troops efforts eight years ago, but now, we’d like to see them home.
The last time I was flying, it seemed that at every boarding area there was a soldier, or sometimes more than one. I would look at these young men and women and think, ‘this is someone’s son, someone’s daughter, someone’s daddy, someone’s mommy.’ It seemed to me that they were there but more often than naught, we (the people) were looking right through them and not recognizing the supreme sacrifice they were willing to make in the course of their service.
I began to try and catch the eye of a soldier and say, “Thank you for your service.” No matter how I personally feel about the current war on terror, no matter my political affiliation, here was a young person being placed in harm’s way at the direction of our Commander in Chief. That act of obedience is enough for which to be grateful.
Oh my Lord and my God – I ask that not just today, but that everyday You be with those soldiers who are in harms way. Sometimes the danger is on foreign soil, but as we recently saw, sometimes it is on our very own home front. Help me to remember that freedom, like salvation, isn't free - it cost someone something in the form of supreme sacrafice. In Jesus’ name I pray ~Amen!
Yours, because we're His,