Day 6: Thankful for Soldiers

A Thankful Heart

Every November, I use the space here on Everyday Truth to provide you with a family devotional to get your family focused on their blessings. Join me here every day for a new installment of the devotional. It’s a great way to get your family focused on Thanksgiving before the mad rush to Christmas. You can find the the days you’ve missed here and any printables here, then follow along with me all month to learn about being thankful for the people in your family’s life. Pin it, share it, tweet it, invite your friends to join you. It’s going to be a great month.

Today is Veteran's Day, a day when we honor all the men and women who have served in our armed forces to protect our freedom. And today, we're going to look at why we're thankful for them.

John 15:13 says "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." Soldiers choose every day to live out this verse, not just for their friends, but for people whom they have never met. They choose to put their lives between us and those who would threaten our freedom, so that we don't have to.

If you live in the United States, you are blessed to live in a country where you don't have to worry about someone knocking on your door and taking you to jail because you said the wrong thing or spoke to the wrong person. You can go to church when you want to, live where you want to, and grow up to be whatever you want to be. No one can infringe on those freedoms. And every man and woman who has ever put on the uniform of the U.S. armed forces has secured those rights for you.

Today, take some time to thank God for our soldiers, especially the ones who are stationed far from home in dangerous areas. Pray for their protection and pray for their families who are waiting for them to come home.

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Action step: If you know a soldier, thank them for protecting you. If you know a family who has a mom or a dad who is deployed, find a way to serve them this week. Take them a meal, help them with some yard work, or make a gift basket with fun things for the family and leave it on their doorstep. If you don't know a soldier, consider taking cookies to the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post in your town. Have your friends and classmates write notes of thanks to the veterans and take them to the VFW or a local VA hospital.