Memorial Weekend

Happy Memorial Day to all who live in the US! May we all pause for a moment to remember the men and women in the service who have sacrificed their lives in defense of our country. We also remember the families who support these men and women and who have graciously shared their husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters to the rest of the country.

My dad sent me an article a few months back. It was an excerpt of a speech given by Charles Colson in 1991. It was about the decline of ethics. There were so many points raised. Some of the things pointed out was that the reigning value of people nowadays seem to be personal success and satisfying personal feelings. Most things seem to be relative. Good and bad are defined by what is good or bad for me? Many are unable to see beyond what is good for me now. Look at the real estate crisis. Many Outer banks foreclosures and others all over the country were brought about by buyers buying more that they can afford thinking that they will be able to work it out somehow. Besides, I'm not hurting anybody by buying a bigger house. How can that be bad?! Well, we know how that turned out, don't we?

Another point that seems particularly relevant for today was this survey done by Rolling Stone magazine where 40% of the respondents said that there was NO cause for which they would die for their country. Forty percent!!! That is so sad. We've become a nation that looks to its self-interest above anything else. It's always ME first, MY interests first, advancing MY causes. Self-gratification has become the foremost goal of life.

That is why I am most thankful for the men and women in uniform. They are making a sacrifice for our country. And what huge sacrifices they make! Day to day, these men and women and their families put their country's welfare before their own comfort. So take a moment and say thank you to these men and women.

I pray that you all receive your reward in heaven. Thank you for your service.