Monday was Memorial Day. That is the day the government set aside for all those in the United States to stop and reflect on the those in the military who gave their lives for our freedom. I am so thankful for those who served.
It must be tough being a soldier. You may be called to do things you don't want to do, or are afraid to do, but you do them because of your love of the country you serve. And while it wasn't always true, our country is currently made up of a completely volunteer armed service.
Many other countries require military service. In Israel, national military service is mandatory for any non-Arab Israeli citizen over the age of 18. Men serve three years, while women serve two.
My husband is a Army Veteran having graduated from the United State Military Academy, fought in Vietnam and served 4 years in the service. I have never served in the United States Army. But I am in God's army.
Like the US Army, God doesn't require that you serve. It is completely a volunteer army. Sometimes it's tough being a soldier for God. You may be called to do things you don't want to do, or are afraid to do, but you do them because of your love of the God you serve.
Serving in God's army requires dedication, just like in the US Army. Some even lay down their life, martyrs for Jesus. I'll probably never be called to that level of service. I pray I'm not. But I'm proud to be God's army just the same.
"I may never march in the infantry, ride in the cavalry, shoot in the artillery, I may never zoom o'er the enemy, but I'm in the Lord's army." Are you?
2 Timothy 2:3 -- Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.