REFLECTIONS ON VETERAN’S DAY

ESTHER 4:15-16: “Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”

OBSERVATION: Am I willing to lay down my life for the greater good? This was the question before Esther as she contemplated the request of Mordecai to make an appeal to the King for the safety of the Jews – without a formal invitation! As we take time to reflect on this Veteran’s Day this is an appropriate question. It is the question that so many who gave their lives in service and the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom had to face. It is the same question that many are facing today as they travel to dessert regions to battle an almost invisible enemy who delights in bringing terror and death to innocents around the world. Am I willing to lay down my life for the greater good?

I grew up right between the end of the draft and the winding down of the Vietnam War. I was scheduled to be drafted, but the draft was ended just months before my 18th birthday. I never served in the military, and to be completely honest, I was relieved that I did not have to go to Vietnam. Yet, I always stood in awe and respect of all those brave men and women who did. And today I stand in awe and respect for every man and woman who has served our country by putting their lives between tyranny and freedom. Their willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good leaves me beyond words.

I don’t think anyone is ready to simply lay down their lives. Esther surely wasn’t. Here first response to Mordecai was – “If I do that I will be put to death.” Yet, Mordecai reminded her that her personal safety was not to be cherished over the greater good – the saving of God’s people. Something happened to Esther. I think the same thing happens to those who accept this call. They see the overwhelming importance of the greater good, and seeing this they are willing to place themselves individually in harms way. We are all human, but this willingness to lay down one’s life for another is divine.

To all our Veterans – THANK YOU! To all who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good – WE HONOR YOU! To all the families who lost a loved one, and to all the families who are standing with those who have been impacted or injured through their loved one’s sacrifice – WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU! For their Christ-like sacrifice – WE STAND IN HUMILITY AND GRATITUDE! You are not forgotten. You are our heroes! In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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