by Pastor Mark Jordan
Today is Veteran’s Day. According to History.com, “Veterans Day originated as ‘Armistice Day’ on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.”
The concept of service is critical and central to the Gospel message. We know Jesus said that the greatest is the one who serves (Matthew 23:11). Christ’s message is one of humility. I like how CS Lewis put it, that humility isn’t thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.
Today, as we remember all the brave men and women who served God and country, may we all be moved to hear and heed the call to serve. Whether or not you serve in the armed forces, there are infinite needs to serve and live for what is honorable, noble, and true. So, in honor of those who have served our country in the military, will you commit your life to be a servant? For as Jesus taught, that is the path to godly greatness.
Prayer: Dear Lord, on this Veterans Day, I thank you and those who have served our nation. Help me to be a servant and use my life to point people to you. I ask this in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.