Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
When I think of courage, I often think of the Greatest Generation – a generation that lived through a Great Depression, that endured the shock of the attack at Pearl Harbor, and that took up the challenge thrown down by Japan, Nazi Germany, and fascist Italy, and fought a giant world war to defend our freedom and liberty and that of our allies.
And of course for many American servicemen, it didn’t end there. Not long after World War II, Communist North Koreans invaded South Korea, and many veterans of the Second World War were in uniform again, fighting for another country’s freedom.
Too many of us forget their sacrifices and the sacrifices of our men and women who continue to serve in uniform and die on foreign battlefields. Not only should we remember their sacrifices, we should emulate their courage.
I believe these men instinctively knew the principle about which Joel Osteen later wrote: “No matter how many times you get knocked down, keep getting back up. God sees your resolve. He sees your determination. And when you do everything you can do, that’s when God will step in and do what you can’t do.”
Sweet Freedom in Action
Today, call on God to give you strength and courage for the day ahead – and give thanks for all those who have served, and who continue to serve, our country.
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