Over a year ago, my family and I stumbled upon a community event. Every year our town hosts a Veterans’ Day ceremony and I remember telling my wife, “This would be a good event to expose our students to.” At that point, I made a reminder on my phone to research out the dates for the following year (2013) and to make sure that I place that date on our school calendar. Continue reading
My family and I took an impromptu trip to our local town’s municipal center. Earlier in the day, I noticed a Blackhawk helicopter land on the lawn of the municipal center and curiosity got the better of me. I decided that when I picked up my family for lunch, we would stop by to see this gorgeous piece of military machinery.
When we parked the car, we noticed at least a few hundred people on the lawn as well as other military vehicles. It was obvious that we had stumbled upon a Veterans’ Day gathering of sorts. Continue reading
According to the Rasmussen Poll, most Americans believed that after 9/11, the nation was better. People were united and helpful. Today, over 66% of Americans believe that because of the 9/11 attacks, the nation is actually worse.
September 11th will forever be etched in United States history as one of the most atrocious acts of terror upon Americans. In some way, we have all been affected by the events of that fateful day. We are a changed people. We view the world differently now than we did the morning before those planes crashed into New York’s Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Regardless of how one feels about the nation after 9/11 or the change it has brought to one’s life, we can all agree that lessons have been learned in the past ten years, helping prevent another attack of this magnitude. It has also taught us to view life quite a bit differently.
September 11 Taught Us About The Brevity of Life
One of the most horrific photos of 9/11 for me is the photo of a man standing on top of one of the buildings. I am not sure if this image is real or a hoax but it does demonstrate one poignant fact. Those in the World Trade Center Towers woke up that morning expecting to enjoy the sights of New York City or another normal work day. They did not plan to die! Whether this man perished or not, we know that thousands did that day. Office workers expecting another mundane day at the work, tourists celebrating a wonderful work of architecture, soldiers logistically planning our country’s defenses, airline passengers on their way to see a loved one- these and many other lives were lost unexpectedly on 9/11.
If life can end at any time, should that not motivate us to reach the lost at any cost? God is not calling you to win souls for Him. He’s commanding you to “go into all the world and preach the Gospel.” The Holy Spirit has been given to us so that we can be witnesses! Life will end and sometimes unexpectedly. Don’t squander the opportunities God brings your way.
September 11 Taught Us To Be A Vigilant People
Love it or loathe it, the adjustments to American travel are acts of vigilance against the enemy. If 9/11 happens again, it won’t be because we were not vigilant! America’s carefree travel life has been shaken and now we are asked to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.
Can you imagine what churches would be like if every Christian was being “sober and vigilant” because of Satan? The pettiness that creeps into our hearts and the vain imaginations that flood our minds would almost be non-existent. It’s simply amazing how Christians allow Satan free reign in their lives! There’s no reason for it and moreover, it’s sin. It is completely disobeying the Lord’s command to be sober and vigilant.
These two are a few lessons I learned from 9/11. There are many more but these have helped me in my life to make decisions that draw me closer to Him. Life is short- be a soul winner. Satan is around- be sober and vigilant, staying ever so close to Christ.
How about you? What lessons did you learn from 9/11? How has it changed your life?
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As a young boy, I have always had great respect and admiration for American soldiers. Growing up in the Philippines, our independence was vigorously fought for by the United States military. Perhaps one of the most memorable military quotes that tie an American soldier to my home country was the one delivered by General Douglas MacArthur, “I shall return.” The courage, bravery, and dedication of these soldiers paved the way for the future prosperity and missionary works in the Philippines.
And yet, as I write this more than half a century after World War II; as I enjoy now the freedoms afforded to an American citizen, my heart remembers.
I Remember Their Sacrifice
It wasn’t until I moved to the United States and studied its history that I truly began to comprehend the sacrifices our soldiers made. I thought that because I was the recipient of their deeds, I understood. But as I began to read about the sacrifices they made, I was amazed!
Some left thriving careers. Professional athletes fought for freedom, not a paycheck. Business owners shut down their shops. And some never came home alive. What more can a nation ask for? Jesus said it this way, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
Their sacrifice brought my homeland peace and I was able to enjoy the blessings of that peace, which included hearing the Gospel for the first time in my life!
I Remember Their Families
Oftentimes we forget that each soldier is someone’s son, daughter, father, mother, husband, or wife.
Just think for a moment about the memories you have made with your family in recent days. That walk to the park. The meal at a restaurant. The family game time. The tickle parties with your kids. The date night with your spouse. The graduation service of your child. These memories and so much more are memories that some families will never be able to make.
Some military parents can’t be home for their child’s birthday. They’ll miss the graduation service. They won’t be there to hear their baby’s first words and some won’t even witness the birth of their child.
I am extremely grateful for the service of our soldiers, but take the time to also thank the service of their families.
I Remember Their Impact
Even though the Philippines is a largely Catholic country, we did enjoy religious freedom. It’s no secret that one of the impacts (past and present) of our military’s service is our religious freedom. Whether they agree with our beliefs or not, they are fighting to preserve it.
I was saved a few months after I moved to the United States. But can you imagine where we would be if the Gospel cannot be freely preached in our country? Would you be saved? Would I?
I’m glad I don’t have to live out the answer to those questions because our soldiers and their families sacrificed, we are free to worship and share the Gospel with whoever we choose.
Please, don’t waste the sacrifice that has been made. Remember our soldiers by living the abundant life Christ desires for us and sharing Him with others!