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This is to remind everyone to be thankful for the lives they have; the comfort and freedom they enjoy in our country. To remember those who chose a higher calling; to serve a greater purpose. If the Lord had dealt you a different hand in life, you could have very well been on this roster. Believe that for every American that does not join; does not serve; someone else takes their place. That someone could be a total stranger, or a neighbor, or a loved one. But know this...that it was someones brother, sister, son or daughter; someones mother or their father, a wife, a husband. Remember it could have been you the next time you feel sorry for yourself; and be thankful. Know there are scars on the inside that do not show, and are just as disabling as the wounds of the flesh. Never pass by the chance to thank those who gave in your place, and realize the pain they carry on the inside may be unknown to you. Never forget those who suffered so you did not have too, and that they leave their memories here at home in the hearts of those who knew them and loved them, and that they are not simply faces and names on a list. they are you, and I.

"From this day to the ending of the world, But we in it shall be remembered- We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile, This day shall gentle his condition; And gentlemen in England now-a-bed Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here, And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day."
William Shakespeare, St. Crispen's Day Speech HENRY V C. 1599

The Fallen Of The 4th Battalion 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division....My Brothers. When life seems to stressful, you feel lost inside, and are caught up with the troubles of life in America, stop, breath....and remember those who no longer feel the struggles that are a part of everyday life, and their families and the fellow brothers and sisters in uniform, and say a prayer of hope. "Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed, because the Lord holds his hand." PSALM 37:24 ..

Monday, May 18, 2009

Limiting Our Love Based on Fears

"It's always a risk to love. First century or twenty-first century."....

"To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket-safe, dark, motionless, airless-it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable."-C.S. Lewis

"You may have experienced deep hurt because you made the choice to love. It would be only natural to tell yourself, 'I'm never going to open myself up to that kind of pain again.' Of course you feel that way. Who wants to be wounded? Lewis's statement reminds us that there is an even deeper hurt to be found in not loving than in taking the risk to love. If you chose not to love, not only will you be hurt, but the people you could have loved will be hurt in ways you may never know."

"Take the risk to love! Take the risk, and begin to set aside a prejudice that has kept an entire group or nationality of people outside the bounds of your love. Take the risk, and begin again to love someone whom you've stopped loving or have refused to love. God knows that when we refuse to love, bitterness and a feeling of emptiness inevitably grow in our hearts. No hurt or misunderstanding or sin that has been brought on you could be worth the greater hurt of refusing to love."

"Love is the greatest risk you'll ever take. There are people who will skydive off Yosemite Valley's El Capitan, yet they are afraid to take the risk to love. I know CEOs who woouldn't flinch from a billion dollar deal, yet they are terrified to love. It's a risk to love, but it is the one risk worth taking more than any other. Keep this in mind: the one relationship you can truly count on is your relationship to Jesus Christ. Lean on your relationship to HIM as you take the risk to love others. Others may disappoint-but Jesus will never fail you."

From the book "The Relationship Principles of Jesus" by Tom Holladay.

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