Memorial Day Remembrance

Unknown-13Who 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.

5 Ways to Encourage Educators

imagesWe all have a teacher, coach, bus-driver, librarian, administrator or other educator who has played a vital role in us becoming who we are. Now, they are playing these roles on behalf of our own kids and grandkids! Let’s pay this forward by practicing… 

5 Ways to Encourage Educators in Your Life

Pray for them daily. Who couldn’t use more prayer. Remember, they face the same stuff of life as you. Pray the Lord blesses and strengthens them for their task. 

Encourage them often. Don’t assume they know how much they mean to you as they mold the very lives of your kids! Let them know… often.

Be kind in your critique. Take the tone and choose the words you would prefer they use if evaluating your parenting skills. 

Be generous at holidays (or anytime “just because.”) Educators aren’t in it for the money. Give them a restaurant gift card, gas card, movie card… or get together with other parents to buy them a new iPad, send them on a paid weekend away at the destination of their choice. Why not? When they are at their best, so will your kids!

Be grateful for their influence on our kids! They are investing in life molding moments with your kids. Think of even more ways you can help them do the job and fulfill the call they have assumed.  


How do you honor the educators in your life? Share your suggestions in the Reply section below…