Pastor, Gracepoint church
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
These words are lofty, but lacking a key ingredient. He does not mention how we can achieve these noble goals. Jesus, however, fills in the blank by saying, “… whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be servant of all.” Mark 10:43-44.
The sacrifice of selfless service allows us to be the best we can be, allows us to become part of greatness. And one particular group of individuals that rises like cream to the top is our veterans. Americans owe a debt of gratitude to these servants. They have selflessly and sacrificially served our country and exemplified true greatness for us all.
Thank you, veterans.