Wednesday, August 18, 2021

😎🐫🎤 Christ’s peace be with you.  I would guess the majority of us have worked multiple jobs during our lives.  Let’s see, as a teenager I babysat, mowed lawns, and sold lottery tickets in a wine store.  Then as an adult I’ve been an aircraft mechanic with the Air Force, worked retail, banking, investments, insurance, owned a lawncare and landscaping company, was a Realtor, had a few different sales jobs, accounting, and human resources.  As I ponder the jobs I’ve done, the places I’ve worked, and the people I’ve worked with, there is one that stands out, that I wouldn’t trade, and would have liked to have done longer than I did.  It was 2 years 10 months and 3 days of my life.  I know, not very long at all.  It’s kind of like a blink, but it’s the one I feel most proud to have done.  Any guesses which you think it is? 

If you said Air Force aircraft mechanic, you’re close.  You see, beneath that title lies the real job and it started with an oath:

“I [state your full name], Do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

It’s not every job, that you willingly pledge your life in exchange for the freedoms of your country and others.  I’ve come to believe that when you willfully make that pledge, you create bonds and relationships that far surpass any other work relationships.  I don’t know who first used this quote, but “serving” in the Air Force and all our other branches of the U.S. military, is very appropriate terminology.  We don’t know the names or faces of every person we serve, but we serve them nonetheless.  And we proudly serve each one. 

As deeply as this sense of service and love of others is in me, I know it doesn’t even scratch the surface of the depth of service, love, and sacrifice Christ has for you and me.  It’s His service and sacrifice that creates that undeniable bond and friendship that our Lord has with each one of you.  And that’s why, even though we sometimes try, we can never run away from God’s love.  He cares for us too much and He made the ultimate sacrifice for YOU.  That is a bond you may not always acknowledge, but it is a bond that will never go away.  Thank you, Lord, that you are not willing to give up on me when I so willingly give up on You, myself, and others.  And thank you to every single one of you that has served to protect me and our beloved country.

Allow yourself to be loved on by the Lord and love Him back.  Acknowledge His presence, gifts, and graces in your life and pay them forward. 

Bless others and be blessed. 

If the Lord has touched you in some way with His message today, I ask that you pay it forward by sharing this message, so that you and He may also bless others.  Click subscript to receive your message every Wednesday.

#LeeGreenwood – God Bless The USA

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