Who are you remembering as we celebrate Memorial Day? How does the simple act of remembrance bring much needed perspective to life?
Here are 3 simple ways to remember…
1) We remember the sacrifice of those who have given their lives in defense of the freedoms we hold so dear.
“Each of the patriots whom we remember on this day was first a beloved son or daughter, a brother or sister, or a spouse, friend, and neighbor.” — George H. W. Bush
All should pause to pray and give God thanks for members of our armed forces who have given their lives in defense of our cherished freedoms and for their families who yet need comfort and strength .
2) We remember our spiritual ancestors.
This is what Hebrews 11 is all about as it reminds us of the steadfast faith of those who have gone before us. Take the time to read and reflect on these heroes. This passage serves as the “roll call of our faith.” It ultimately reminds us of the person, power, provision and protection God has for us as we look to Him in simple faith.
But it doesn’t end with Hebrews 11. This roll call provides for us a clarion call to serve…
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12:1-2.
3) Remembering Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice keeps the joy in our journey. It is in remembering the sacrifice of Jesus and the joy He set before Him that we endure and live abundant and free in the here and now.
For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:3.
How are you remembering those who have given their lives for our freedoms? Pause to reflect, remember and give thanks this and every day.