Honor those that serve!
May 27, 2013 is Memorial Day in the United States. A national holiday that is the most solemn of all holidays as American's take time to honor those that have served in the military throughout the world. There are many that may ask, why did you choose to bring this up on the “Optimizing Ministry” blog? It's a very simple answer, and one I want to expand upon today.
Service whether in the military or in ministry is not to be taken lightly. Both groups sacrifice themselves, their skills, and their resources so that others can be protected and served. These people are special, and it is through their selfless sacrifice that others may live and prosper.
The Apostle Paul in Romans 12:1-2 clearly urges believers to serve not to obtain God's mercy. We already have His mercy as a believer. The motive for our service and dedication is supposed to be love. Our love for God is proved in our love for others, so the quality of our service is a direct reflection of our love for others. Many people that serve in the military have a similar love for their country and are willing to put their lives on the line to defend us.
We work with Government, Military, and Police all over the world. They help us with crowd control, rescue, and relief efforts. Success in serving people is about teamwork and we have been blessed personally and as a ministry by service members that have come to partner with us to help the less fortunate. These warriors are not just about conflict, but in maintaing peace and protecting the innocent. We are honored to partner with these very special people and want to take the time today to give them a much deserved “Thank you for your service!”
Over the years, people have sacrificed greatly both through service in the military and in ministry. I would ask that each of us take some time today to say thank you to all who sacrifice and serve to make this world a better place. Their service is love through action. A gift that should be acknowledged and appreciated.