During the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to cover some very special Veterans Day celebrations and I’ve been able to meet veterans from all the military branches, spanning a variety of eras of services.
The one aspect of these folks’ service that always takes me back a bit is the fact that most of the time, prior to that day, we were complete strangers. Not like in a mean way, just in that we had never had the opportunity to becoming acquainted.
But regardless the fact most of these men and women wouldn’t have known me from Adam had we bumped into each other at the grocery store a week earlier, they’ve given me a great gift, they have served in preserving my freedom and lifestyle and often times by way of putting their own lives at risk.
That’s kind of absurd, isn’t it? I mean it’s a big deal for a person to put him or herself in harms way for a loved one, let alone someone whose name they don’t even know. But yet they do, time and time again.
Perhaps it is absurd, but perhaps that’s the exact way we’re all supposed to live. Perhaps that’s the exact way we’re all supposed to show our love for one another.
Jesus commanded his followers to love one another and then pointed out that there was no greater love than for a person to lay down his or her life for another.
Now I’m not saying the only way we can really prove we love one another is to constantly be trying to take a bullet for someone. I mean, we can’t all be Batman despite how awesome that might be.
But it’s that attitude, that willingness to put others and their needs before ourselves and our own, that I think we can make a constant.
It’s that attitude that I see in our veterans and that attitude I’m reminded I need to see more in my own life.
That’s the attitude of people really loving one another.