Land of the Free

“America will always be the land of the free so long as it is the home of the brave.” – Radio DJ

Memorial Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love spending time with family, celebrating summertime, and the day off from work has never hurt either. I scroll through my Facebook and Twitter feeds and love seeing people who are proud of their country. I love hearing the feelings of gratitude come through on the radio to those serving our country in between my favorite summer country songs. I appreciate the seriousness that is shown by those who really know what this holiday is all about.

Remembering that freedom never has been free is a very monumental concept for me. I was listening to a podcast today about the death and resurrection of Jesus that really got me to thinking. Enjoying the freedom from death that we as Christians enjoy is certainly important. But if we forget the cost, all of a sudden that freedom begins to be taken for granted. The Memorial Holiday weekend is no different. When we stop remembering the price that those who came before us paid, we start to think that all there is to our country is political affiliation, the quality of our Commander and Chief, or the issues that plague our very young nation.

I try to make it a point to always thank people who serve our country. I love seeing military personnel in restaurants and meeting them in airports. Something about getting to shake the hand and thank someone who is willing to die for me (regardless of my beliefs, politics, or whether I agree with what they’re doing in the first place) has always given me a sense of humility that doesn’t come from many other places.

We remember the fallen because their sacrifice gives us what we have today. Don’t have a flipant view of this holiday. Remember how your small part in this grand picture of life can make a difference to those around you. Regardless of whether you are in the service or not, you still have a life to give. Make sure your gift doesn’t go un-given to your culture and to your world.

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